Correctional Health Care
Physical, mental and dental screenings and exams are completed in the required time frames following admission for both adult and juvenile populations. The adult system has two admission units, Jameson in Sioux Falls for males and the Women's Prison in Pierre for females. Both juvenile facilities are admitting units.
Correctional Health operates much like an ambulatory clinic. Infirmaries are located at Jameson in Sioux Falls, Durfee in Springfield, and the Women's Prison in Pierre and inmates in these facilities have nursing care available around the clock. Staff nurses are responsible for noting orders, sick call, medical treatments, drawing lab, IV therapy, emergency care, and passing medications. At the minimum security units in Yankton and Rapid City, medical is staffed Monday through Friday.
Comfort care rooms are located at Jameson in Sioux Falls and Durfee in Springfield to care for inmates who are terminally ill. A multi-disciplinary team with staff from the Department of Corrections, nursing, mental health, and clergy participate in the patient’s care. The Department of Corrections also allows immediate family members in the comfort care section.