South Dakota Criminal Records

Your South Dakota state guide to courts, police, jails, crime data, records, and more.


About South Dakota

With 815,871 residents as of 2012, South Dakota is number 47 in the country by population and number 16 by land size, occupying 75,811 square miles.


South Dakota Criminal Records Search

You can feel confident and secure when conducting a criminal records search . The results may include court records, business records, arrest records and more. We have a vast nationwide database - the records you search for may include South Dakota state and county records and any other geographic location the person has lived or worked.



Being involved in an investigative process and not having anonymity is a direct deterrent to having people provide important information about criminal activity. Crime Stoppers programs provide this anonymity, allowing community members to provide helpful information. We have an alphabetical listing of Crime Stoppers programs in South Dakota.

CrimeStoppers Program
City
Phone
Brookings Area Crime Stoppers, Inc.Brookings
Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers, Inc.Mitchell(605) 996-1700
Sioux Empire Crime StoppersSioux Falls(605) 367-7007
Winner Area Crime StoppersWinner(605) 842-3939

There is a distinction between "jails" and "prisons." Jail are operated locally, by cities and counties. Being primarily short term facilities, jails will hold inmates sentenced to terms of one year or less, and they are typically misdemeanants. Jails will also hold inmates awaiting trial on the local level. Prisons, on the other hand, are long term facilities run by federal or state governments (and often private companies). Prisons house convicted felons and inmates serving a term of more than one year. Below is a list of the 10 largest jails, by average inmate population, in South Dakota.

City
Facility
Average Inmate Population
AberdeenBROWN COUNTY JAIL43
Lake AndesCHARLES MIX COUNTY JAIL40
WatertownCODINGTON COUNTY DETENTION CENTER68
MitchellDAVISON COUNTY JAIL50
PierreHUGHES COUNTY JAIL48
DeadwoodLAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL51
SturgisMEADE COUNTY JAIL66
Sioux FallsMINNEHAHA COUNTY555
WinnerWINNER CITY JAIL71
YanktonYANKTON CITY JAIL44