South Dakota has only one type of federal correctional facility called federal prisons. There is only one federal prison in South Dakota, and it is technically a federal prison camp. All federal prisons and camps hold federal inmates who are guilty of breaking federal laws.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons (FOB) is the government agency in charge of all federal facilities, supervising federal inmates and maintaining all South Dakota federal prison inmate records. They make it easy for the public to conduct a South Dakota federal prison inmate search with the offender locator feature on their website. Along with that helpful tool, they also have a page for each facility with driving directions, a listing of the visitation schedule and information for family and friends on how to visit, receive calls, or send money and gifts to inmates. Anyone in search of a federal inmate in South Dakota could contact the BOP directly or look up the phone number for the facility and call there.
The BOP calls themselves “an agency like no other.” Their mission states: “We protect public safety by ensuring that federal offenders serve their sentences of imprisonment in facilities that are safe, humane, cost-efficient, and appropriately secure, and provide reentry programming to ensure their successful return to the community.” Collectively across all states, they supervise 177,183 inmates with a recidivism rate of 34% and a staff of 35,972.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons was created in 1930 by the Department of Justice to manage and regulate all Federal penal and correctional institutions.
There is one federal prison in South Dakota called FPC Yankton. It is a minimum-security federal prison camp, housing 477 male inmates. Friends and family are allowed to visit on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This facility is located on the old campus of Yankton College, which closed in 1984. It was turned into a prison in 1988.
Although there are no famous prisoners held at FPC Yankton, Forbes Magazine called it “Americas 10 Cushiest Prisons” in 2009. The writer, Asher Hawkins said: “The winters are tough, and the nearest city of any size is at least an hour away, but Yankton is a standalone minimum-security facility with a staff that’s not too tough on prisoners. White-collar cons can take classes in accounting, business administration, and business management.”