Guidebook released on state’s juvenile justice system

Guidebook released on state's juvenile justice system The South Dakota Coalition for Children has released a new free guidebook for youth and parents on the South Dakota juvenile justice system. The 16-page booklet, written by a workgroup of South Dakota experts, explains youths rights and how the juvenile justice system works in South Dakota.

"The legal system is complex and frequently confusing to youth and parents," said attorney Karen Hattervig, chair of the workgroup. "We thought a guidebook was needed to ensure that youth and their parents understand what is going on and know their rights," she says.

Workgroup members included chair Karen Hattervig, attorney at East River Legal Services; USD professors Jay Newberger and John Gehm; attorneys Linda Lea Viken and Stephanie Pochop; parent Linda Hallstrom; and Turning Point Shelter Care Director Kim Wagley. Dr. Susan Randall, executive director of the S.D. Coalition for children, served as editor.

"The process of producing this guidebook included listening meetings with youth in three communities across South Dakota, telephone interviews with two dozen parents of kids in the system, and interviews with judges, a state's attorney, and a public defender," said Randall. "A panel of experts and youth drawn from the Youth Advisory Council to the S.D. Coalition for Children reviewed the guidebook to ensure readability and accuracy."

The Midcontinent Media Foundation, the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, the South Dakota Community Foundation, and the John T. Vucurevich Foundation provided funding support for the guidebook project.

The guidebook is available free on the SD Coalition for Children web site at or by sending a request to SDCC Guidebook, P.O. Box 2246, Sioux Falls, SD 57101-2246 or email

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will publish its Final Annual Operating Plan for the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System later this month.

A draft of the plan was published in late September and made available to the public. Three public meetings were conducted on the draft plan from Oct. 15-17 at Williston, ND, Sioux City, IA, and Jefferson City, MO.

"Our challenge is to meet the multiple purposes for which the Missouri River main stem system was authorized. With the upper basin suffering from a moderate drought, the focus for the upcoming year will be one of water conservation," said Col. David Fastabend, Northwestern Division engineer. "We expect a navigation season of normal length but, unless the drought breaks, anticipate reduced service levels. The Final AOP is very similar to the draft presented at the October public meetings."

In addition to the water management computer simulations shown in the draft, the final includes five-year extensions to the simulations. These extended simulations are presented to aid basin interests in long-term planning.

A minimum winter release rate of 13,000 cubic feet per second was used in the AOP studies.

"Releases this winter should be high enough to provide adequate service to downstream intakes," said Fastabend. "During ice formation periods, we will continue to provide modest short-term increases in Gavins Point releases to help alleviate water supply intake problems along the river."

Releases to support navigation next year will be in accordance with the operational objectives presented in the existing Master Water Control Manual.

"Flow support for the 2002 navigation season will begin on schedule on April 1, but at reduced levels. The exact flows will be set on March 15," he added.

The corps will distribute the final AOP later this month.

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