- Strayer University - Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice
The South Dakota Department of Corrections is consists of three main adult institutions and three minimum-security units in order to best serve the needs of inmates and employees throughout the state. In addition, South Dakota has Federal Prison Camp, Yankton and numerous county jails - all which rely on the Department of Corrections for funding and support. Like most other states, South Dakota operates its own facilities, though hiring third-party contractors to oversee the running of facilities can sometimes be a cost-effective option. Recent numbers show that there is currently 3,651 incarcerated inmates contained in facilities throughout the state, and overseen by 743 correctional officers. National economic statistics forecast that by 2022, the number of officers will grow by 5% or 35 new jobs, not including additional positions opening to meet retirement, advancement, and attrition demands. There's lots to learn about becoming a correctional officer in South Dakota - read on for more information.