South Dakota Senate to hear new law repealing juvenile justice system

Frustrated school teachers clashed with state court officials during a South Dakota Senate committee hearing this week about whether correction facilities are a solution to a growing number of repeat juvenile offenders disrupting classroom settings. 

But after weighing heated public testimony from school board officials, public defenders and lawyers alike, Senate State of Affairs lawmakers ultimately sided Wednesday with schools on the divisive issue, voting to pass SB 198 with a 8-1 vote. 

“I don’t think this is going to fix the problem,” said Sen. Michael Rohl, R-Aberdeen, in discussion about the motion to pass. “But it’s certainly going to force all the parties to the table to be able to create something that might be a solution.”

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