South Dakota death penalty is still in tact, next execution may be years away

Started by Rick4404, April 28, 2017, 04:33:03 PM

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The 2017 session of the South Dakota Legislature adjourned sine die on March 27th.  The subject of the death penalty in South Dakota did not come up during the session, accordingly, capital punishment is still in tact in The Mount Rushmore State. 

All of the remaining death row inmates in South Dakota's death row are in various stages of appealing their sentences.  Accordingly, it is unlikely that there will be another execution in South Dakota anytime soon.  The state's attorney general, Marty Jackley, is among a number of Republicans who are exploring a candidacy for governor of South Dakota in 2018.  Governor Dennis Daugaard is term-limited, and will be leaving office in early January of 2019.  Jackley is a strong proponent of the death penalty. 

Other South Dakotans who are looking at a gubernatorial run next year are the state's lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Kristi Noem; as well as the state's two-term lieutenant governor, Matt Michels.   

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