South Dakota


Year of Reenactment
(since 1972 suspension)
Year of First Execution
(since reenactment)

1877-1915: hanging

1915-1938: no death penalty

1939-1983: electrocution

1984-present: lethal injection

Current Method
Lethal injection


South Dakota has life without parole.  A jury decides the sentence.  The Governor has the authority to grant clemency. The Governor may ask the Board of Pardons for non-binding recommendations.

South Dakota has only had one execution since the law was reinstated, when Elijah Page was voluntarily executed in 2007.

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