South Dakota profile
South Dakota has an incarceration rate of 855 per 100,000 people (including prisons, jails, immigration detention, and juvenile justice facilities), meaning that it locks up a higher percentage of its people than many wealthy democracies do. Read on to learn more about who is incarcerated in South Dakota and why.
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7,300 people from South Dakota are behind bars
Rates of imprisonment have grown dramatically in the last 40 years
Also see these South Dakota graphs:
In the U.S., incarceration extends beyond prisons and local jails to include other systems of confinement. The U.S. and state incarceration rates in this graph include people held by these other parts of the justice system, so they may be slightly higher than the commonly reported incarceration rates that only include prisons and jails. Details on the data are available in States of Incarceration: The Global Context. We also have a version of this graph focusing on the incarceration of women.
People of color are overrepresented in prisons and jails
See also our detailed graphs about Whites,
and American Indians/Native Americans
in South Dakota prisons and jails.
South Dakota's criminal justice system is more than just its prisons and jails
Our other articles about South Dakota