South Dakota

Adult Services

Adult Parole

The South Dakota Department of Corrections supervises adult parole services. There are 11 parole service offices located across the state.

Quick Facts:
  • Officers/agents do not have peace officer status.
  • Officers/agents have arrest authority.
  • Officers/agents are mandated to carry firearms.
  • During the first year of employment, officers/agents are required to attend training classes.
  • After the first year of employment, officers/agents are required to participate in 40 hours-firearms requalification training each year.
  • A bachelor’s degree is the preferred entry-level-education requirement for professional positions.

For more information:
South Dakota Department of Corrections

Adult Probation

Adult probation is administered by the Court Services Department of the Unified Judicial System. There are 20 field offices organized under seven circuit court districts.

Quick Facts:
  • Officers/agents do not have peace officer status.
  • Officers/agents have arrest authority.
  • Officers are not authorized to carry firearms.
  • During the first year of employment, officers/agents are required to attend 28 hours of orientation as well as ongoing training throughout the first year.
  • After the first year of employment, officers/agents are required to participate in 16 hours of training per year.
  • A bachelor’s degree is the entry-level education requirement for professional positions.

For more information:
South Dakota Unified Judicial System

Juvenile Services

Juvenile Aftercare

The Juvenile Division of the Department of Corrections supervises juveniles in aftercare. There are three regions with 16 juvenile corrections agent’s offices.

Quick Facts:
  • Officers/agents do not have peace officer status.
  • Officers/agents have arrest authority.
  • Officers are not authorized to carry firearms.
  • During the first year of employment, officers/agents are required to attend 28 hours of orientation as well as ongoing training throughout the first year.
  • After the first year of employment, officers/agents are required to participate in 16 hours of training per year.
  • A high school diploma is the entry-level education requirement however; a bachelor’s degree is preferred for professional positions.

For more information:
South Dakota Department of Corrections, Juvenile Division

Juvenile Probation

Juvenile probation is administered by the Court Services Department of the Unified Judicial System. There are 20 field offices organized under seven circuit court districts.

Quick Facts:
  • Officers/agents have peace officer status.
  • Officers/agents have arrest authority.
  • During the first year of employment, officers/agents are required to attend the Officer Safety Academy, Risk and Needs Assessment training, Motivational Interviewing training and computer training classes.
  • After the first year of employment, officers/agents are required to participate in 20 hours of training per year.
  • A bachelor’s degree in human services or related field is the entry-level education requirement for professional positions.

For more information:
South Dakota Unified Judicial System

Throughout South Dakota's 66 counties there are 30 jail facilities with a combined rated capacity of 1,671 inmates.

Quick Facts:
  • There is no jail inspection or jail standards program in the state.
  • A high school diploma or GED is the entry-level education requirement for professional positions.
Average Annual Salary:
Detention Officer/Jailer = $33,330

For more information:
South Dakota Sheriffs Association – Listing of South Dakota sheriffs

The Department of Corrections supervises the adult and juvenile institutions.

Adult Services

Quick Facts:
  • The minimum age requirement for hiring is 18.
Beginning Salary Range:
Correctional Officer = $32,000 annually

For more information:
South Dakota Department of Corrections

Juvenile Services

Quick Facts:
  • Average length of training is 80 hours pre-service, 40 hours in-service.

For more information:
South Dakota Juvenile Administration

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