PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — State officials are working with the Sisseton-Wahpeton tribe to set up a joint program to supervise Native Americans released on parole from state prisons.
State Corrections Secretary Dennis Kaemingk says state and tribal officials would cooperate in a pilot program to supervise Native Americans released on parole who plan to live on Sisseton-Wahpeton land in northeastern South Dakota.
He says once a program is set up with Sisseton-Wahpeton, a second pilot project could be established with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
The tribal pilot programs are part of an extensive overhaul of South Dakota’s criminal justice system aimed at reducing the prison population by treating more nonviolent offenders outside prison walls. It will use intensive probation and parole, along with expanded courts to treat drug and alcohol offenders.