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”
Come January the State Bar of South Dakota will have a new home a few blocks farther west but still in Pierre. The legal association’s executive director, Andy Fergel, recently answered questions from KELOLAND Capitol News Bureau reporter Bob Mercer about the transition. Continue reading “South Dakota State Bar Is Moving”
Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden continues to defend his policy of not honoring detainers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Continue reading “The Difference Between ICE Detainers and Federal Criminal Warrants”
South Dakota’s prosecutors and law enforcement are asking legislators to not “kick the can down the road” when it comes to fixing the state’s drug laws. Continue reading “Lawmakers calling for a fix to SD’s drug laws”