Scoop It Program Ending Due To Increased Costs

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) —  South Dakota’s Corrections Department is ending a snow shoveling program that serves the elderly and disabled after 16 years, leaving some communities uncertain as winter nears. Department Secretary Denny Kaemingk says the cost to supervise the minimum-security inmates performing the community service in Pierre, Sioux Falls, Yankton and Rapid City has grown too high.  Inmates would respond to shoveling calls outside regular business hours.  It would often require the department pull in correctional officers to supervise on their off-duty hours or pay them overtime. Between 350 and 400 addresses are on the list statewide that need assistance clearing driveways and sidewalks of snow in the winter.