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Mike Durfee State Prison

Mike Durfee State Prison

1412 Wood Street, Springfield, South Dakota 57062

Phone :
(605) 369-2201
Website :
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Mike Durfee State Prison Visiting Information:

The South Dakota department of correction encourages friends and family members of inmates who demonstrate a good influence to communicate and visit with an inmate. This can help in the rehabilitation process, and eventually with his or her reintegration back into society. Below are important things you should know if you are planning on visiting an inmate incarcerated in the South Dakota Department of Corrections.

You must be on the inmate's approved visitation list prior to visiting.Visiting Hours are as follows:
Contact the institution at the telephone number provided above, or if you know the visiting hours leave a comment below.

Visitation Hours
As of July 15, 2013
Mike Durfee State Prison, Springfield, SD
Friday evenings: 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Sat., Sun and state holidays: 9:00 am – 11:15 am
12:45 pm – 3:00 pm
6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Yankton Minimum Unit, Yankton, SD
Friday evenings: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sat, Sun and state holidays: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Visitors may check in 5 minutes prior to the start of the visit period and cannot park on the
grounds prior to 5 minutes prior to the start of visits.
Rapid City Minimum Unit, Rapid City, SD
Thursday & Friday evenings: 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm
Sat., Sun. and state holidays: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm and 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Mike Durfee State Prison Additional information:

Mike Durfee State Prison

Bob Dooley, Warden

The Mike Durfee State Prison is located on the campus of the former University of South Dakota at Springfield. The 1984 Legislature closed USD/S and authorized the Board of Charities and Corrections to establish the correctional facility. Springfield State Prison opened in December of 1984 when the female inmates from the Women's Correctional Facility in Yankton were transferred to the new institution. Male inmates began transferring to the institution in January 1985.

The institution remained co-ed with both males and females located on the same campus for several years. With the opening of the Herm Solem Public Safety Center in Pierre in November 1997, the women were transferred to the South Dakota Women's Prison within the Solem Public Safety Center, and the Springfield State Prison became an all-male institution for the first time. On September 10, 1999 the prison was renamed in honor of Mike Durfee, Deputy Director of the South Dakota Department of Corrections.

Most inmates at MDSP are Low Medium custody inmates.  There is also a disciplinary segregation unit at MDSP.  The prison is home to many programs, including Literacy, Adult Basic Education and GED classes. Vocational Education classes in Welding, Machine Tool, Auto Body, Landscape/Horticulture and Auto Mechanics are also offered. Treatment programs are available for chemical dependents and sex offenders.  Many of the inmate work programs are based at the Durfee State Prison.

Durfee State Prison also supervises minimum-security units in Yankton and in Rapid City.


No time limit unless space availability is limited.

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  1. Sheral Taylor July 11, 2013 at 2:55 am #

    Hello, My son, Brandon Taylor is one of the inmates in the Prison there. My family is wanting to come for a visit. We have a question though. Our son-in-law had been incarcerated there but is now a perfect citizen in the community and is married to our daughter and they are very happy. Dan is even a member of our church. His name is Dan McQuillen. We know of his past, BUT his life has seriously changed. His past is IN THE PAST. We would love to have him on Brandon’s visitor’s list. They have never met excerpt from pictures we have sent him of Dan and our daughter, Danielle. We would much appreciate it if Dan could also be on the visitor’s list and phone list. He is a wonderful addition to our family. Thank you. Sheral Taylor

    • PrisonPath July 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

      Hi Sheral,

      Your son-in-law has to be on your son’s approved visitor’s list. Depending on the prison, there are different rules about visitors who are on probation or have convictions. It would be best to check with the facility.

  2. Nicole bucklin November 10, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    My nephew is an inmate and I am planning a visit around thanks giving! I personally am from Colorado! His mother and sister are from Pierre. So my questions are 1) I heard you travel a long distance you get extra time? 2) do I still get that time with my other family members their? 3) what am I allowed to bring? Thank you!

    • PrisonPath November 10, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

      Hi Nicole,

      Pease note the following information about visitation. Please note most prisons do not allow cross visits with other inmates. You should call the Mike Durfee State Prison to answer your Questions.

      How can I arrange to visit someone in prison?

      Inmates fill out an Application for Visit List for those people they want to visit them. Background checks are completed on any person wishing to visit an inmate. Normally, the attorney of record, immediate family members (spouse, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, step-parents, step-children, step-brothers and sisters, half-brothers and sisters, mother-in-law and father-in-law, son-in-law and daughter-in-law and sister-in-law and brother-in-law) of the inmate will be placed on a visit list after the background check is complete. Visitors under the age of eighteen (18) must be accompanied by a custodial parent or guardian or an immediate family member who is over the age of 18.

      In addition to the immediate family members listed above, inmates can add two (2) friends who are eighteen (18) years of age or older, an approved Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) sponsor and an approved Man-To-Man (M-2) sponsor. Attorneys and clergy will be allowed to visit after presenting proper credentials and identification.

      Visitors need two forms of identification the first time they visit an inmate. On subsequent visits, only one form of identification is needed.

      Visit times vary by institution. Check the institution pages for a visit times schedule.

      Who is not normally allowed to visit an inmate?

      In addition to the people not listed on the inmate’s approved visit list, the following are not allowed to visit an inmate unless approved by the Warden:

      Victim’s of the inmate’s crime(s) who are under the age of eighteen (18) years old;
      Inmates who are in custody at another South Dakota Department of Corrections institution;
      Former inmates of the South Dakota Department of Corrections;
      People with prior criminal records, on active parole, probation or other forms of conditional release.

      Normally, a person convicted of a felony (including Suspended Imposition of Sentence) must be off of supervision for a minimum of three (3) years before he/she will be considered eligible to visit an inmate. A person convicted of a misdemeanor must wait a minimum of one (1) year after the person has completed any jail time, probation time or one (1) year after the person has completed the payment of any fine before they can visit an inmate.

  3. Brandi J. Black November 13, 2013 at 2:39 am #

    Hello, my husband, Jason J. Black, is an inmate at MDSP. My mother-in-law (Jason’s mother) and I plan to come for a visit Nov.22nd and 23rd, along with Jason and I’s two children. We are all on the approved visitor list, but I have a couple questions. Our youngest child is 8yrs old so do we need to bring a birth certificate for him as form of ID? Also, on Saturday are we allowed to visit more than once?
    Thank you,
    Brandi Black

    • PrisonPath November 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

      Hi Brandi,

      Please note the following information about children at visitation at Mike Durfee State Prison.
      Each visitor is required to provide proper identification prior to visiting
      an inmate, excluding children under the age of sixteen who are
      accompanied by an approved visitor who is at least eighteen (18) years old.

      Please also note visitation restrictions:
      Visit Limitations
      A. Limitations on the number of visitors/inmates permitted in the visit room and/or the
      length of visits may be imposed by the Warden or his/her designee when the following occur:
      1.Adverse weather conditions
      .2. Issues with the building’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system
      .3. Ongoing or emergency construction projects that affect the visit area.
      4. Disruption of electrical, water or other necessary utilities.
      5. Disruption in essential computer applications necessary for the operation of visits, i.e. server.
      Intranet, CITRIX, etc.
      6.Emergency situations that may affect the security, safety or disciplined operation of the facility.

      For information about prison culture, read 25 Rules.

  4. SarahLittleCloud August 28, 2018 at 2:58 am #

    I just wondering if Gordon Bagneschi is their?! ( Y/N)

  5. Marcia Murtha September 6, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

    I have a question. Why am I not able to send a care package to a family member? I am on his visitor list and I am pretty sure he has not received a care package at this point

  6. SarahLittlecloud October 12, 2018 at 2:59 am #

    My Son Gordon Bagneschi is suppose to come serve 5 years at the MDSP an I was wondering if hes their?! So i can send him money their an i he would Call me(His Mom-6058588677) I would appreciate that.!!!!????

  7. Jenny May 25, 2019 at 2:51 pm #

    I have an appointment to see my son today, after a long 4 months of him being gone. I am so excited

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