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.
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.