State Awards Juvenile Diversion Funds To 25 Counties For Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Initiative

December 13, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. – The State of South Dakota is awarding funds to 25 counties for successfully diverting juvenile offenders from the criminal justice system.

The counties will share a total of $242,500 in funding under a fiscal incentive program as part of the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Initiative (Senate Bill 73) passed by the 2015 Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

“Two years ago, South Dakota had the second highest juvenile commitment rate in the nation. This ranking was not in line with the number of juvenile arrests for violent crime, which was one-third of the national average,” Gov. Daugaard said. “Under the juvenile justice reforms, these counties are helping the state reverse that trend by allowing more non-violent youth offenders to stay within their communities to get the help they need.

Counties are required to submit applications to the Department of Corrections for reimbursement by Sept. 1 of each year. Requirements include data on the number of juveniles annually referred to a diversion program, as well as the number of referred juveniles that successfully completed the diversion program.

The allotment of funds is based on a rate of $250 per juvenile for successful completions of a court-approved diversion program. The amount of funds is prorated if the number of juveniles completing a diversion program statewide results in an amount that exceeds the allotted funds.

This is the first year of the fiscal incentive diversion program.

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SFY 2016 JJRI Fiscal Incentive Diversion Program Submission Summary

County

# Referred*

# Successful

# Unsuccessful

Payment Amount

Beadle

3

3

0

$750.00

Brookings

34

19

15

$4,750.00

Brown

47

31

16

$7,750.00

Butte

19

14

5

$3,500.00

Codington

31

23

8

$5,750.00

Custer

3

0

3

$0.00

Fall River

38

24

14

$6,000.00

Gregory

1

1

0

$250.00

Hughes

52

16

36

$4,000.00

Hyde

5

4

1

$1,000.00

Jackson

5

2

3

$500.00

Lake

2

1

1

$250.00

Lawrence

46

41

5

$10,250.00

Lincoln

39

23

16

$5,750.00

McCook

5

4

1

$1,000.00

Meade

30

22

8

$5,500.00

Mellette

2

2

0

$500.00

Miner

2

2

0

$500.00

Minnehaha

411

187

224

$46,750.00

Moody

4

3

1

$750.00

Pennington

595

526

69

$131,500.00

Roberts

17

9

8

$2,250.00

Stanley

10

2

8

$500.00

Tripp

3

1

2

$250.00

Union

5

5

0

$1,250.00

Yankton

6

5

1

$1,250.00

Total

1415

970

445

$242,500.00

* # Referred only includes those youth who were referred and completed (either successfully or unsuccessfully) a court approved diversion program in SFY 2016.

Verification of “0” referrals received from the following counties:

Clay, Corson, Deuel, Edmunds, Grant, Harding, Hutchinson, Kingsbury, Potter, Sanborn, Sully, and Todd.

Applications were not received from the following counties:

Aurora, Bennett, Bon Homme, Brule, Buffalo, Campbell,  Charles Mix, Clark, Davison, Day, Dewey, Douglas, Faulk, Haakon, Hamlin, Hand, Hanson, Jerauld, Jones, Lyman, Marshall, McPherson, Oglala Lakota, Perkins, Spink, Turner, Walworth, and Ziebach.

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