felony ingestion

A sign for the Solem Public Safety Center in Pierre. The center is the home of the South Dakota Department of Corrections administrative offices, as well as the South Dakota Women's Prison. (John Hult/South Dakota Searchlight)

Noem grants early release to 12 convicted of felonies for drug use

BY: - December 29, 2023

Gov. Kristi Noem used the Friday before Christmas to reduce the sentences of nine women and three men convicted of felonies for using drugs in 2023. Each of the 12 commutations signed on Dec. 22 orders that the person receiving it be placed on community supervision for their unauthorized possession of a controlled substance convictions. […]

The South Dakota Capitol building in Pierre. (Seth Tupper/SD Searchlight)

Move to loosen penalties for drug ingestion, marijuana edibles fails in Senate

BY: - February 22, 2023

The South Dakota Senate rejected two bills Wednesday that aimed to soften controversial drug laws. One sought to help drug users avoid prison for failed drug tests; the other would have placed marijuana edibles and vape products in the same misdemeanor category as marijuana flower. Senate Bill 201, which failed by a single vote, would […]

A photo of Abbey Lynn Steele on display during a vigil on Dec. 6, 2022, outside the Pennington County Jail in Rapid City. (Photo by A.J. Etherington/Rapid City Journal)

‘Treated like a criminal’: Native woman’s death sparks questions

BY: - December 16, 2022

In May of 2021, Abbey Lynn Steele gave birth to her first child, a baby boy. A urine test showed methamphetamine in his system. Steele, who turned 19 that month, also tested positive for meth.  The drug’s detection in the baby’s urine assured that Steele would not keep full custody under South Dakota law. Its […]