Passing through South Dakota on vacation, drove past state's execution site

Started by Rick4404, July 07, 2013, 03:32:18 AM

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My wife and I have been in neighboring South Dakota for a few days on vacation, visiting my mom and brother in Rapid City, S.D.  This evening, we're spending the night in Sioux Falls, S.D., which is on the opposite end of the state. 

For what it's worth, we drove past the South Dakota State Penitentiary, here in Sioux Falls, where three murderers have been executed since 2007.  There are no executions presently scheduled in South Dakota, as the three remaining death row inmates in the state are still in the middle of pursuing their appeals.  The three include:  Charles Rhines, Pennington County, for murder; Briley Piper, Lawrence County, for murder; and Rodney Berget, Minnehaha County, for murder.

ChevyWolken

I can imagine, visting or just passing by those places, gives a hole nother feeling when you read about it
on the net or elswhere, it's just like a place where a murder has happened and some family member has
put a cross or something else to remember there. I think of a place not far from where I live here that remembers
of a young girl  murder/rape victim - it's touching :'(
Nontheless enjoy your vacation Rick :-* 
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July 07, 2013, 09:10:11 PM Last Edit: July 10, 2013, 02:19:41 AM by Rick4404

I can imagine, visting or just passing by those places, gives a hole nother feeling when you read about it
on the net or elswhere, it's just like a place where a murder has happened and some family member has
put a cross or something else to remember there. I think of a place not far from where I live here that remembers
of a young girl  murder/rape victim - it's touching :'(
Nontheless enjoy your vacation Rick :-*

Thank you. I don't think members of the general public can just go in to the penitentiary unless they have some sort of official business to take care of. Visiting a prisoner, and so forth.  It's not like they give public tours of the place.  Naturally, in advance of the three executions conducted there, prison staff escorted credentialed members of the news media through the execution chamber, as a part of the media members' news coverage of the events leading up to the execution. 

A good friend of mine is an Associated Press reporter here in the region.  Dave Kolpack was one of the two pool reporters that was on hand for and witnessed the execution of Eric Robert on Oct. 15, 2012.  Robert was executed for the murder of Correctional Officer Ronald "R.J." Johnson during an escape attempt on April 12, 2011.  Robert also did not appeal his death sentence; and once the legally-mandated automatic appeal and review of his sentence by the South Dakota Supreme Court was completed and Robert's sentence was upheld; he did nothing as far as further appeals were concerned.  Robert was executed in just a little bit more than a year from when he was convicted and sentenced to death.  Lightning speed, compared to some death penalty cases which drag on for decades.   

Here is more on the case which landed Robert on death row:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/10/15/sd-death-row-inmate-to-be-executed-monday/1635505/

A building adjacent to the penitentiary has been renamed the "Senior Correctional Officer Ronald 'R.J.' Johnson Training Academy" in Johnson's memory.  The training center was the building in which the media was gathered in preparation of the state's three most recent executions.   

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