New federal rules open the door to industrial hemp growing in the United States and even develops a plan for individuals to apply for a permit to farm in states without regulations. Continue reading “Hemp still illegal in SD, despite new federal laws”
A legislative committee tasked with spending the summer studying the state’s drug laws plans to recommend more funding for probation, parole and treatment services, but not to adjust the state’s ingestion law. Continue reading “More funding recommended for addiction treatment, no change to ingestion law”
The sense of infighting between the criminal law enforcement agencies—from local, to state and federal—is not lost. Yet, as someone who deals with every level of investigation on a daily basis, I couldn’t help but keep my focus on their differing approaches and degrees of success.
Governor Kristi Noem reiterated her opposition Tuesday to legalizing industrial hemp in South Dakota, even in the face of new federal rules allowing the cash crop. Continue reading “Noem says no again to growing hemp in South Dakota”
South Dakota is one of 38 states with fetal homicide laws. KELOLAND News has been taking a closer look at the history of that law and other cases it applied to. Continue reading “SD one of 38 states with fetal homicide laws”
South Dakota officials have agreed to walk back parts of the state’s new anti-protest laws that opponents say were meant to target Native American and environmental advocates who speak out against the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.
Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Tuesday she is forming a criminal justice work group tasked with recommending policies aimed at reducing the rate of ex-offenders returning to prison and removing bias from Iowa’s criminal justice system. Continue reading “Gov. Reynolds Announces Criminal Justice Work Group”
Criminal Justice Reform – As state and federal policymakers are brainstorming ways to reduce prison populations and establish alternatives to incarceration, Iowa Auditor Rob Sand wants to go backward. Continue reading “Iowa considers stepping backward on criminal justice reform”
The Sioux Falls Police Department has talked about the desire to increase demographic diversity on its force for decades, but the numbers don’t add up.
People convicted of crimes in South Dakota owe their victims millions of dollars in court-ordered restitution, but most of that debt is going unpaid and there is little remedy available for those harmed to get their money. Continue reading “Some crime victims in South Dakota not being paid restitution”