South Dakota State Penitentiary Inmate Search and Prison Information

South Dakota State Penitentiary


1600 North Drive PO Box 5911, Sioux Falls, SD, 57117

Opened since 1996, South Dakota State Penitentiary, located in Sioux Falls, is an all adult male prison that houses over 750 offenders. This level V facility houses minimum, medium and closed custody inmates.

Currently, South Dakota State Penitentiary offers its inmates the chance to work in community service support roles including working for the Department of Transportation and other interagency services.

Inmates incarcerated at South Dakota State Penitentiary can take anger management, parenting, and financial planning classes, as well as participate in stress management and mental health counseling. Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are also available. Religious services and Bible studies are offered to all inmates as well.

South Dakota State Penitentiary — General Information

Facility Name South Dakota State Penitentiary
Facility Type State Prison
Capacity 750
Address 1600 North Drive PO Box 5911, Sioux Falls, SD, 57117
Phone 605-367-5051
City Sioux Falls
Postal Code 57117
State South Dakota
County Minnehaha County
Official Website

Sending a Mail/Care Package

If you wish to send mail or a package to an inmate at South Dakota State Penitentiary, you can send it by U.S. Postal Service mail. Address the mail as follows:

Inmate Last Name, First Name, ID Number
South Dakota State Penitentiary
1600 North Drive PO Box 5911, Sioux Falls, SD, 57117

Inmates are not allowed to receive mail in boxes, padded envelopes, plastic bags, multi-layer packaging, envelopes that include metal parts, any package containing bubble wrap or packing peanuts, or card stock type envelopes.

Sending Money

There are three different ways one can send money to those serving time in South Dakota State Penitentiary.

Lock Box

Lock Box will be the most cost-effective way to send money. There is no fee to use this service. This service provides a smaller hold time when sending money by personal check, money order, or using a cashier’s check.

EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer)

The electronic funds transfer will be the fastest option out of the three. It will post the money on the inmates account within 72 hours. This option is a paid service.

The service providers are the following:

  • JPay

  • GTL/Connectnetwork

  • Keefe

Send Checks to the Prison

This service is completely free. However, out of the three services, this way will take the longest. All money going to the prison is subjected to a 30-day hold. You will need to make all checks and money orders out to the South Dakota Department of Corrections and make sure you write the inmate’s number on the check.

Phone calls

South Dakota prison inmates are not permitted to receive telephone calls. However, inmates may place collect calls to approved numbers.

When an inmate enters into South Dakota State Penitentiary, he or she will have an inmate telephone account established with a Personal Identification Number (PIN) and be provided with instructions for placing collect calls to family and friends. Inmate phone lists are limited to ten (10) numbers.

Inmates are authorized to initiate collect calls to personal landline numbers and personal cell phone numbers. Before an inmate is permitted to place a collect call, he or she must submit the telephone number, name, and address for verification and activation prior to being added to the inmate's approved call list


The easiest and fastest way to set up a visitation appointment with an inmate is to sign up at South Dakota Department of Corrections website. Before you sign up for a visiting appointment, you will need to make an account first.

Anyone who has filled out a visitor’s application and had it approved may visit their inmate. Visiting hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 3 pm. Registration for visitation begins at 8:15am and ends at 2 pm. if you arrive after 2 pm, you will not be able to visit.

Visiting Hours

Saturday — 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Sunday — 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Refer the map below to find the driving directions.

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