South Dakota Criminal Records
Your South Dakota state guide to courts, police, jails, crime data, records, and more.
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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.
South Dakota Violent Crime Rate
There were 1,143 violent crimes in South Dakota during 2012. The South Dakota violent crime rate of 140.10 (per 100,000 residents) was lower than the national average of 245.87. Violent crime is defined as a crime in which the offender uses or threatens to use violent force upon the victim.
South Dakota Robbery Rate
In 2012, there were 82 robberies in South Dakota. The South Dakota robbery rate of 10.05 (per 100,000 residents) was lower than the national average of 79.66. Robbery is defined as taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.
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.
|Brookings Area Crime Stoppers, Inc.||Brookings|
|Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers, Inc.||Mitchell||(605) 996-1700|
|Sioux Empire Crime Stoppers||Sioux Falls||(605) 367-7007|
|Winner Area Crime Stoppers||Winner||(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.
Average Inmate Population
|Aberdeen||BROWN COUNTY JAIL||43|
|Lake Andes||CHARLES MIX COUNTY JAIL||40|
|Watertown||CODINGTON COUNTY DETENTION CENTER||68|
|Mitchell||DAVISON COUNTY JAIL||50|
|Pierre||HUGHES COUNTY JAIL||48|
|Deadwood||LAWRENCE COUNTY JAIL||51|
|Sturgis||MEADE COUNTY JAIL||66|
|Sioux Falls||MINNEHAHA COUNTY||555|
|Winner||WINNER CITY JAIL||71|
|Yankton||YANKTON CITY JAIL||44|