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Criminal Justice System

COVID-19 RESPONSE

SOUTH DAKOTA

On cjusandcovid.com, faculty from Criminal Justice at the University of South Dakota interview criminal justice actors on the response to COVID-19.       

Latest Episode

Warden Mike Mattson of the Minnehaha County Jail speaks to Dr. DW of dealing with COVID in a corrections setting. Many of our either episodes come together here as we see how changes in other segments of the CJUS system affect how a jail has to operate. 

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Sandy McKeown talks with Minnehaha Public Defender, Traci Smith, about how they are dealing with the crisis. As Smith notes, "In the hierarchy of needs, food and shelter come first." Not all of her clients have the luxury of going to the doctor. This makes her clients very vulnerable. 

Sandy McKeown speaks with the South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson. He talks about how the courts are prioritizing access to courts during this crisis. In terms of the future, he remarks, "We are kind of prisoners of events."

The executive director of the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault shares with Dr. DW how shelters are essential services. But that they are struggling to meet needs -- but you can help! Help by making masks (sew and non-sew options available). Mail masks to:

The Network

1704 S Cleveland Ave, Suite 5

Sioux Falls SD 57103

And, remember, "We are all in this together."

Mike Moore, the State's Attorney of Beadle County South Dakota -- the first COVID hot spot in the state -- talks to Sandy McKeown about his work and the crisis. Through all the changes, he wonders: "If the sky isn't falling, maybe we need to implement these same things when there is not a pandemic."

This episode Becky Rasmussen, executive director of Call to Freedom – the human trafficking response center located in Sioux Falls – discusses her program with Dr. DW. She notes:  “If they don’t feel like they are supported, they will go back to that life because it is all that they know.” 

In this episode, Judge Robin Houwman, Presiding Judge of the 2nd Circuit discusses her position and the judicial response to COVID with Professor McKeown. The Judge speaks about bail, early release, prison and jail population, bond schedules -- and more. As you listen, ask yourself: "Do you know how you would handle balancing the safety of victims and the public with the safety of a vulnerable person in jail?"

Dave Johnson from the Glory House, substance abuse treatment, talks to Professor McKeown about their response to the COVID crisis. Most of their services are still provided -- but through telehealth. "I don’t think that the services are as good as when you do it in person, because of the group dynamics that you have in treatment but it is better than not having any services and we have a lot of folks who are struggling right now."

Recent USD graduate and currently in training for the LAPD, Zoe Anderson speaks with Dr. Mrozla talks about what what she learned at USD that helped her on the path and the advice she has for others who want to become law enforcement. She discusses how LAPD is responding to COVID and how policing has changed.

Warden Mike Mattson of the Minnehaha County Jail speaks to Dr. DW of dealing with COVID in a corrections setting. Many of our either episodes come together here as we see how changes in other segments of the CJUS system affect how a jail has to operate. 

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As criminal justice majors, our mission is to be of service to our communities. It doesn't matter if you are going into law enforcement, corrections, courts, victim services, or another position altogether. You are here because you care.

But how can we be of service when everything we know about how to do our jobs is cast in doubt?

For this podcast, your CJUS faculty will speak with members of the criminal justice community in South Dakota to learn about what they are doing. By listening and considering, perhaps this can help prepare you for when it is your turn.

For those of you already out there serving: Thank you. Stay Safe.

Sincerely,

Your CJUS Faculty

 

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