Pennington County SD Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: July 06, 2020
307 St Joseph St, Rapid City, SD 57701

Pennington Co Jail is for County Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for County - medium facility.

The phone carrier is Securus Tech®, to see their rates and best-calling plans for your inmate to call you.

If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

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Pennington County SD Jail basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 605-394-6116

The Pennington County SD Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 307 St Joseph St in Rapid City, SD. This county jail is operated locally by the Pennington County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Pennington County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Rapid City Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

There are new detainees delivered to the jail daily, you can see arrest records here. Some are released after putting up bail, are released to a pretrial services caseload, are placed under supervision by a probation agency, or are released on their own recognizance with an agreement to appear in court. If there is no release, the inmate must wait here at the jail for their court appearance as a guest of the County, getting a bed and three square meals.

Trustees are inmates who work in the jail as cooks, as orderlies for the staff, in the laundry or in the commissary. The trustees are paid a very small amount for their time and some jail gives the trustees a few days off their sentence in exchange for their work.

When an inmate arrives in jail they are put together in a large holding cell with other inmates in the intake. While in intake they are under heightened observation. Violent and out of control inmates are segregated.

Can I Get Work Release?

Work release is when you are released from jail during the day so that you can go to work. At the end of the day, you return to jail for the night. There are a number of requirements to be able to get into the work-release program. Most programs require your employer to fill out some paperwork. If you want to get into the work release program then apply prior to being sentenced to jail. This will minimize the amount of time you spend in jail waiting to get into the program.

Can I call my family in Jail?

Pennington County SD Jail has a phone program where inmates make outbound calls only, you cannot call into jail. Since you are paying for those calls don't make it a habit of accepting collect-calls, they are over $15 each. The alternative is to set up an account through their third-party phone company which charges steep fees for each minute used. You are paying for them to call you. Click here if you are going to speak a lot and need a discount on the calls.

Remember - These phone calls are recorded and conversations can be used against you or the inmate so do not discuss your case over these phone lines.

Inmate Locator

Pennington County SD Jail publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in South Dakota. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

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Covid Visitation Information

As of March 18, 2020, registration and visitation rules have changed to protect inmates at Pennington County SD Jail and their loved ones during the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, there are no in-person visits for family and friends due to the COVID-19 situation. Video visitation is available; details can be found below or call 605-394-6116.


  • All visits through the video visitation system require the visitor to establish a user account.

Visitation Information

Pennington County SD Jail - Visitation

Inmate Video Visitation

When you schedule a visit online, you will receive a Terminal Number and a PIN Number.

You MUST bring both if you are visiting from the self-serve kiosks in the Jail Lobby. Jail Staff do not have access to your account information.

If you do not bring your information, you will need to contact Securus Customer Service at 1-877-578-3658.

Visit an inmate from the video kiosks in the Jail lobby:


Visit an inmate from your home computer, cellphone, or smart device:


Get assistance with video visitation:

VISITATION HELP Or, call Securus Customer Service at 1-877-578-3658

Inmates that have restricted visiting times are required to notify their family and friends for appropriate scheduling.

The Pennington County Jail is committed to ensuring that all inmates and visitors are protected under Federal, State and City Ordinances. Under SDCL 25-10-13, Violation of Protection Orders or No Contact Orders may be considered a misdemeanor or felony. Any contact with the protected person(s) is a violation; whether it’s direct contact or through a third party. The Pennington County Jail will notify Law Enforcement of any violations of SDCL 25-10-13 that occur by way of mail, email, phone, and visitation or through third party contact.

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Ask The Inmate

Ask a former inmate questions at no charge. The inmate answering has spent considerable time in the federal prison system, state and county jails, and in a prison that was run by the private prison entity CCA. Ask your question or browse previous questions in response to comments or further questions of members of the InmateAid community.

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