Wednesday, 17 October 2012 21:25

South Dakota executes first inmate since 2007

Death-penalty opponent Reynold Nesiba speaks to crowd of protesters outside the South Dakota Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, S.D., Monday, in anticipation of execution of Eric Robert / AP Photo/Amber Hunt

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. A South Dakota man who beat a prison guard with a pipe and covered his head in plastic wrap to kill him during a failed escape attempt was put to death Monday, in the state's first execution since 2007.

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Taxpayers won't be stuck with any costs

South Dakota prison inmates soon will be able to check their voicemail.

The Department of Corrections is adding a voicemail feature that will allow people, for a $1 charge, to leave a 60-second message. Inmates will be able to check their messages twice a day at no cost.

The new system will cost taxpayers nothing, said Michael Winder, communications and information manager for the Department of Corrections. Instead, the $1 charge will pay for the infrastructure and operating costs. The state will not have to buy any new equipment.

Published in Inmate Telephone News
Posted: Mar 10, 2011 10:49 PM EST Updated: Mar 10, 2011 11:52 PM EST


"It's exciting and it's something that hardly seemed like it has happened. It really hasn't sunk in yet, I don't think" Arnie Berkeland said.

Words of joy from the Berkeland family who have been waiting for this day for more than 20 years.

They will soon take in a South Dakota inmate who served 30 years in prison for killing his abusive, adoptive father.

The 82-year-old couple has b een visiting inmate Tim Caffrey since he was sentenced to prison at 17-years-old.

Caffrey is now 47.

Published in Prisoner Support