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Public Safety Improvement Act showing solid start

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Last year, Gov. Dennis Daugaard, along with a work force group introduced the Public Safety Improvement Act with hopes to improve public safety, hold offenders accountable, and save money. The piece of legislation passed and was implemented throughout 2013.

In his State of the State address Tuesday, Daugaard revealed recent results from the criminal justice reform.

The main highlight in his speech was 'earned discharge credits.' This a major part of the PSIA, allowing parolees who are compliant and show good behavior for 30 days to reduce their sentence by 30 days.

Daugaard pointed out that since implemented in July, 2013, there has been a 91 percent compliant rate, equaling 342,000 days of credit and five fewer parolees supervised by each parole officer.

While it's too early to declare the PSIA as a victory, the results are something Pennington County Sheriff, Kevin Thom, says shows signs of success.

"Well if parolees are behaving better that's less calls for service for law enforcement," said Thom. "That's less potential victims of crimes so that's a good thing."

For more information about the PSIA and to read the SB70 visit doc.sd.gov 

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