Helping Individuals with criminal records Reenter through Employment

South Dakota

I. South Dakota Department of Labor

Contact:
South Dakota Department of Labor
700 Governors Dr.
Pierre, SD 57501
605-773-3101
605-773-4211 fax
Web Site: www.state.sd.us/dol/dol.asp

Information about State Department of Labor resources may be of interest to:
• potential employers looking for incentives to hire individuals with criminal histories;
• service providers and individuals with criminal histories who are looking for assistance in finding employment; and
• researchers and policy makers looking at current programs to ascertain what programs are effective and serve their intended purpose.

A. Federal Bonding Program
The Federal Bonding Program provides fidelity bonding insurance coverage to individuals with criminal histories and other high-risk job applicants who are qualified, but fail to get jobs because regular commercial bonding is denied due to their backgrounds.

Contact:

B. Tax Credits
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit to reduce the federal tax liability of private for profit employers to be used as an incentive for employers to hire individuals from eight different targeted groups: TANF recipients, veterans, ex-felons, high risk youth, summer youth, Food Stamp recipients, SSI recipients, and vocational rehabilitation referrals.

Contact:
South Dakota Department of Labor
420 S. Roosevelt St.
P.O. Box 4730
Aberdeen, SD 57402
605-626-2302
605-626-2322 fax
Web Site: www.state.sd.us/dol/dolui/ui_tables/ui_home.htm

C. Unemployment Insurance Office
Unemployment compensation is a social insurance program designed to provide benefits to most individuals out of work, generally through no fault of their own, for periods between jobs. In order to be eligible for benefits, jobless workers must demonstrate that they have worked, usually measured by amount of wages and/or weeks of work, and must be able and available for work.

The unemployment compensation program is based upon federal law, but administered by states under state law.

Unemployment insurance forms are available on the Unemployment Insurance web site. Claims can be filed by calling the Telephone Claims Center at 800-309-4232.

Contact:
South Dakota Department of Labor
Unemployment Insurance
420 S. Roosevelt St.
P.O. Box 4730
Aberdeen, SD 57402
605-626-2452
605-626-2322 fax
Web Site: www.state.sd.us/dol/dolui/ui_tables/ui_home.htm

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II. Criminal Record Repository

This is the agency individuals may contact to obtain a copy of their state rap sheet. The criminal record repository can also tell the individual who else is legally entitled to have access to his or her record.

To obtain a copy of a state rap sheet, an individual must contact the Division of Criminal Investigation, Identification Section. A supply kit, along with an explanatory letter, will be mailed to the person requesting the criminal record. South Dakota state law requires that an authorization of release waiver be signed by the subject of the record and that the background search be based on fingerprint identification. A $20 fee, made payable by check or money order to the “Division of Criminal Investigation,” is charged per request.

Contact:
Division of Criminal Investigation
Office of the Attorney General
500 E. Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501
605-773-3331
Web Site: www.sddci.com/administration/id/cch.htm

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III. State Attorney General

Employers and service providers may obtain information from the state attorney general regarding occupational bars, the licensing of individuals with criminal records in certain jobs, and whether the state has laws that limit what employers may ask job applicants or protections against employment discrimination based on a criminal record.

Contact:
Office of the Attorney General
500 E. Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501
605-773-3215
605-773-4106 fax
Web Site: www.state.sd.us/attorney/attorney.html

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IV. State Department of Corrections

Prison Industry Program

South Dakota has six industry shops available for employment by prisoners, including upholstery, carpentry, signage, garment, print and data entry.

Contact:
South Dakota Pheasantland Industries
600 North Drive
P.O. Box 5911
Sioux Falls, SD 57117
605-367-5111
605-367-5102 fax
Web Site: www.state.sd.us/corrections/PheasantlandIndustries.htm

South Dakota Department of Corrections

South Dakota Department of Corrections operates seven units within the adult corrections system. A major program offered is FORWARD which stands for Financial and Family Responsibility, Occupational Goals, Re-entry/Reintegration, Work Site Job Experiences, Accountability/Anger Management, Recidivism Reduction, Development of Life Skills. The program focuses on systematic release planning, life skills assessment, life skills programming in the institution and on parole and case management to assist with release planning. Participation begins within one year of release from prison through six months post-release. The Department of Corrections also utilizes a Community Service Work Projects program that gives inmates the opportunity to work in the community and provide the inmate participants with a work ethic and sense of value and self worth. It also provides them with tools and skills utilized upon release.

Contact:
South Dakota Department of Corrections
3200 East Highway 34
c/o 500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
605-773-3478
605-773-3194 fax
Web Site: www.state.sd.us/corrections/corrections.html

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V. Parole Services

Parole Services in South Dakota are under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. A risk assessment is done to determine the kind and frequency of contact the parolee has with his/her parole agent. There is a charge for supervision.

Contact:
South Dakota State Penitentiary
1600 North Drive
P.O. Box 5911
Sioux Falls, SD 57117
605-367-5040
605-367-5025 fax
Web Site: www.state.sd.us/corrections/parole.htm

Contact:

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VI. Legal Assistance

Free or low-cost legal resources, both in civil and criminal law, are helpful to individuals with criminal histories in learning about relevant state laws governing the expungement or sealing of criminal histories or addressing other legal issues resulting from having a criminal history.

A. State Public Defender

Contact:
Public Defender's Office (Minnehaha County)
413 N. Main Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
605-367-4242
605-367-6102 fax

B. Legal Services

Contact:
East River Legal Services
335 North Main Ave., Suite 300
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
605-336-9230
605-336-6919 fax

Contact:
Dakota Plains Legal Services, Inc.
160 Second St.
P.O. Box 727
Mission, SD 57555
605-856-4444
605-856-2075 fax

C. State Bar Association

Contact:
South Dakota State Bar Association
222 E. Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501
605-224-7554
605-224-0282 fax

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VII. Local Service Providers

Community agencies are available to assist individuals with criminal records find employment. This information will inform individuals with criminal records about government agencies and community-based organizations that assist with employment, education or vocational training. Researchers and policy makers may find this information useful in identifying agencies and service providers in order to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs.

One-Stop Career Centers

One Stop Career Center representatives can help job seekers identify career interests, write a resume, locate possible jobs, complete the application process and prepare for a job interview. One Stop Career Centers also offer job-training programs that can pay up to half of new employees' wages while they are learning the job. Job training can be customized for employers who need workers with specialized skills. A directory of office locations is available at the web site listed below.

Contact:
Director of Field Operations
One-Stop Career Center System
South Dakota Department of Labor, Kneip Building
700 Governor's Dr.
Pierre, SD 57501
605-773-3101
Web Site: www.state.sd.us/dol/sdjob/js-home.htm

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