State-level solitary confinement policies/procedures and reporting requirements (Department of Corrections)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Corrections of South Dakota.


From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the South Dakota Sunshine Law, I hereby request the following records:

All policies/procedures and associated reporting requirements for facilities under this agency's jurisdiction (including juvenile, privately-operated, and those of various security level) related to the segregation of an inmate/person in custody/offender due to disciplinary, classification, medical, safety, or other reasons. Please include policies/procedures/reporting requirements for all such segregation activities, including, but not limited to, those associated with the following terms:

• solitary
• solitary confinement
• Security Housing Units
• Special Housing Units
• Intensive Management Units
• Restricted Housing Units
• Communication Management Units
• disciplinary segregation
• administrative segregation
• involuntary protective custody

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, and is not being made for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Beryl Lipton

From: Kaemingk, Denny

April 17, 2015

Beryl Lipton
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 17280
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

We have received your request for policies related to our policies regarding segregation of offenders.

You can access the following policies on our department’s website at

1.3.C.3 Juvenile Discipline
1.3.D.1 Disciplinary Segregation Housing
1.3.D.2 Capital Punishment Housing
1.3.D.4 Administrative Segregation Housing

Attached you will find the facility operational memorandums that are applicable to your request.

Thank you for your interest in our agency. If you have questions, please contact us.


Denny Kaemingk
Cabinet Secretary
Department of Corrections

From: Kaemingk, Denny


I’ve added our newly signed Restrictive Housing policy to your request.

Michael Winder
Communications & Information Manager
South Dakota Department of Corrections

Our mission is to protect the citizens of South Dakota by providing safe and secure facilities for juvenile and adult offenders committed to our custody by the courts. To provide effective community supervision to offenders upon their release and to utilize evidence-based practices to maximize opportunities for rehabilitation.
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