- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 30, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A grant of about $300,000 will bolster the work of a task force proposed by the state Supreme Court’s chief justice to study issues surrounding mentally ill people entering the criminal justice system.

Officials on Wednesday announced the grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to the state Department of Health.

The state is providing more than $100,000 through in-kind contributions to support the work.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the group is set to analyze why and how individuals with mental illness become involved with the justice system.

Chief Justice David Gilbertson says the criminal justice system often isn’t the most appropriate and cost-effective response.

Daugaard says South Dakota has a history of developing solutions to complex issues in the state’s criminal and juvenile justice systems.

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