Drug and DUI Offenses in South Dakota

An Examination of the Trends

In a review of recently published data for South Dakota, MFJ noted that drug and DUI cases were being processed and disposed of differently relative to other offenses. As the state transitions to legalized recreational and medical marijuana use, these findings highlight areas to explore further and recommendations for improved data transparency.

This report was created with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, which seeks to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.

Key Findings

Drug and DUI cases are dismissed at a lower rate than other cases.

Drug and DUI cases take longer, on average, to be disposed of.

Individuals convicted in drug and DUI cases face some of the highest financial obligations overall.

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