South Dakota Departament of Corrections

South Dakota
Department Name
South Dakota Department of Corrections
Official Website
Currently Incarcerated Inmates
3200 East Highway 34, c/o 500 East Capitol Avenue,Pierre, SD 57501
Phone Number
(605) 773-3478
(605) 773-3194

Types of Correctional Facilities in South Dakota

Serving a sentence in the South Dakota Department of Corrections means that the records will be maintained by the state. Because they’re maintained by the state, they also maintain the search engine that you can use to find an inmate.

An inmate search can be done, right on the state prison website, which will make your life a whole lot easier. Keep reading to discover how you can lookup information for an inmate in the state prisons.

How to Find an Inmate

The South Dakota Department of Corrections has an offender locator that you can take advantage of. If you’ve done the prison search already, you can take advantage of the inmate search available through this website.

In order to search for an inmate, you need to know their first name, last name, or the DOC number.

Looking for an inmate can open a new portal to help you be able to communicate with an inmate a lot easier. After you’ve found the inmate, you can begin communicating via phone or email, and sending money.

How to Send Money to an Inmate

When it comes to sending money to an inmate, you should know that each inmate has their own bank account. Any money sent to this inmate, during the time they’re in prison, will be put in this account.

If an inmate earns money, while in prison, their money will also be put into an account. There are several types of accounts an inmate can have. These accounts can help them meet their obligations as far as child support, court fees, and other fees go.

Get a closer look at your options, for sending money to an inmate, right here. This resource is quite detailed and should answer a lot of your questions.

How to Send an Inmate Mail

Just as it was easy to lookup how to send an inmate money, it’s also easy to send them mail. Of course, there are rules and regulations you’ll need to follow.

Keep in mind that what you can and cannot send to an inmate is subject to change. Sending an inmate mail comes down to you not allowed to send:

  • Cash
  • Personal checks
  • Drawing supplies
  • Powder
  • Crayons

If you’d like to send mail to an inmate, go here to learn all the information you could possibly need.

How to Talk to an Inmate

Talking on the phone to an inmate is important. Inmates have access to a telephone system to talk to civilians. Inmates will need a pin number to be able to call and message.

Inmates can make long distance phone calls. A message system is in place, so that inmates know when someone has called them, so they can call them back.

If you don’t want an inmate to call you, you’ll need to call the state prison in which the person is calling from. From there, they’ll be able to stop the prisoner from calling you.

If you have more questions, make sure you go here.

Correctional Facilities in South Dakota

There are 143 jails and prisons in state South Dakota

Youth Challenge Center

12279 Brady Drive, Custer, SD, 57730


Douglas County Jail

720 Braddock Street PO Box 367, Armour, SD, 57313-0367


Jackson County Jail

700 Main Street PO Box 127, Kadoka, SD, 57543-0127