All About the South Dakota State Penitentiary

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How to Connect With Inmates at South Dakota State Penitentiary

The (also known as Sioux Falls Penitentiary) is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Men placed on death row are sent to this facility, which also contains the state's execution chamber. However, there are still many inmates inside who serve much lighter sentences.

Regardless of why your loved one is serving time, you can connect with them by visiting them in-person or writing letters. However, if you don't address your letter correctly, it will likely never reach your inmate. Find out how DoNotPay can deliver your letters to any prison.

South Dakota State Penitentiary Contact Information

This has three housing units, including a Community Work Center for prisoners on work release. In fact, many of South Dakota's license plates and woodwork needs are created by these resourceful inmates.

Here's what you need if you want to reach an inmate or inquire about an inmate's status:

Physical AddressSouth Dakota State Penitentiary

1600 North Drive

Sioux Falls, SD 57117

Inmate Mailing AddressInmate Name/DOC Number

South Dakota State Penitentiary

PO Box 5911

Sioux Falls, SD 57117

Phone Number605-367-5051
Fax Number605-367-5038

How to Reach an Inmate Inside South Dakota State Penitentiary

Having a prison pen pal can be enjoyable for both yourself and the inmate. To ensure that your correspondence actually gets delivered, you'll need to follow the prison's guidelines closely.

Sending Items and Letters to Inmates

South Dakota State Penitentiary inmates can receive:

  • Letters were written on plain white paper or lined paper, sealed in white envelopes
  • Soft-covered reading materials (sent directly by the distributor)
  • Drawings made with a black pencil or ink pen
  • Writing supplies
  • Some hygiene items
  • Snacks and food

Prison letters and packages can be returned to you or destroyed if they contain:

  • Drawings in colored pencil, marker, crayon, or paint
  • Blank pieces of paper
  • Post-its
  • Polaroids
  • Stamps
  • Greeting cards
  • Coloring book pages or coloring materials
  • Construction paper
  • Stickers or tape
  • Any foreign substances
  • Padded envelopes
  • Any product or food containing alcohol
  • Lipstick or chapstick
  • Compact discs of any kind

Visiting an Inmate

All visits must be scheduled in advance through this application. You can either meet the inmate at the facility or schedule a video visitation.

Every visitor (besides minors) needs to have a valid photo I.D. You also must arrive to your visit 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.

Calling an Inmate

Inmates at this facility only have access to phones during certain hours of the day. An inmate can only reach you if your phone number is on their list of approved contacts.

Sending Money to an Inmate

Cash and personal checks cannot be sent to any inmate at South Dakota State Penitentiary. Payroll checks, cashier's checks, and money orders can be sent to the prison directly. You can also use this secure website to send money using your debit or credit card.

What If I'm Not Sure Where a Prisoner Is Located?

No one wants to have their important package or heartfelt letter lost in the mail. Accepting calls from inmates located in different states can also incur unexpected fees.

Fortunately, DoNotPay has the perfect product to help. To find an inmate, simply:

1. Open your account on DoNotPay or sign in.

2. In the Connect With an Inmate tab, proceed to the Locate Someone option.

3. Give us the inmate's name as well as their state of residence.

4. Confirm your request in one click, and we will give you an answer right away.

Locate Any Prisoner and Deliver Their Mail With DoNotPay

Making connections with inmates at South Dakota State Penitentiary is easier than ever with DoNotPay. We take care of prison correspondence in five simple steps:

  1. Locate the Connect With an Inmate service on DoNotPay.

  2. Choose whether you want to locate a loved one, create a virtual mailbox, or send a personalized letter.

  3. If you want us to find your loved one, provide his or her personal details and the state they are located in. We'll then conduct a search on the appropriate state database.

  4. If you want to create a virtual mailbox, just provide your full name! We'll set one up for you so you can easily receive incoming mail from your loved one.

  5. If sending a personalized letter, tell us which facility your loved one is located in and what you would like to say to them. You can even include a photo! Your letter will be delivered automatically - just wait 10 days for it to arrive to your loved one!

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