County officials fear costs of implementing Marsy’s Law

By Bridgette Bennet

South Dakota voters approved Marsy’s Law this November, changing the state’s constitution to increase victims’ rights – mainly through mandatory notifications.

But Minnehaha County officials say right now, it’s creating a lot of extra work.

“We have so many things going right now with crimes that we’re investigating, follow up on homicides we’re working on. Trying to prevent certain crimes, trying to deal with the epidemic of methamphetamines. Meantime we’re wasting resources trying to understand and redefine clearly what are the new expectations,” says Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead.

County officials say the issue comes with notifying the victims of minor crimes.

“Everything from stolen bubble gum to 80 vandalized mail boxes,” says Milstead.

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