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.

Published in Current Events

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