Noem unsure about funds for juvenile justice reform

PIERRE, S.D. (KEVN) - Small counties may not have funds to help juvenile delinquents as much as needed.

Senate Bill 67 would allow a judge to decide if a minor should go to the Department of Corrections. This would let the DOC provide assistance to these counties saving them money. Governor Kristi Noem says this is an important discussion to have and that the juvenile system needs to be looked at. However she also says shifting the cost could cause other problems.

"The question is, if they are looking to transfer those costs back on to the state government how do we pay for that? Obviously it wasn't in my budget which is why we were up there opposing it is because if it wasn't included in my budget then it's not something that we can support today and where we've prioritized our funds that we have to be able to utilize for the state of South Dakota," she says.

Discussions on Senate Bill 67 were deferred from last week and will continue Monday.