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State leaders look for reforms in criminal justice system

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - State leaders from all three branches of government announced the creation of a workgroup to study possible ways to reform the criminal justice system as the prison population in South Dakota continues to increase.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced the workgroup during a news conference Wednesday with Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson and several legislators at the State Capitol.

The workgroup will study existing policies and see if there are any reforms, like community treatment programs, that could ease the amount spent on Corrections each year while maintaining public safety. The Pew Center on the States is providing the data and working with the group.

The Corrections budget is more than $100 million per year.

There are 3,643 inmates.

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