Noem wants widespread changes at prisons after complaints

The Associated PressJuly 23, 2021News
courtesyGov. Kristi Noem answers a question Friday.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she is looking to make widespread changes in the state’s prison system after meeting with tired and discouraged employees working short-handed at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls.

The Republican governor fired the prison’s warden and deputy warden last week following an investigation into an anonymous complaint from a prison employee.

She has also suspended her Cabinet Secretary who oversees the prison system and the director of a prison work program.

The complaint, which was released by Noem’s office, alleged low employee morale and regular sexual harassment from supervisors.