Jameson Annex

The G. Norton Jameson Annex opened in February 1993, as a secure unit adjacent to the main building of the South Dakota State Penitentiary. The Annex is named for G. Norton Jameson, who served as Warden of the Penitentiary from 1938 to 1963.

The Jameson Annex contains three housing units within a secure perimeter, Unit A, Unit B, and Unit D. These units are utilized for maximum custody inmates and as a disciplinary segregation unit. 

Also located in the Jameson Annex are the Admissions and Orientation Unit for new inmates entering the South Dakota Department of Corrections and the Mental Health Unit. There is a Community Work Center located outside the perimeter fence of the Jameson Annex for minimum-security inmates on work release and community service status and for parolees in the Community Transition Program. That unit also opened in February 1993.


During the 2019 Legislative Session, Governor Kristi Noem requested Senate Bill 174, An Act to make an appropriation for the construction of a health services building and renovation at the Jameson prison annex on the grounds of the state penitentiary and to declare an emergency.

The Jameson Annex opened in 1993 with 288 beds for male inmates. In 2006, Unit D opened, adding 192 beds to Jameson, but with no additional health services space added. The count for the Jameson Annex on January 1, 2019, was 531, almost double the original design.

The Jameson Annex includes maximum security and specialized housing, while also serving as the admissions unit for all male inmates. All admissions require a health intake assessment. In Fiscal Year 1993 there were 773 male admissions processed through Jameson; in FY 2018 there were 3,007. In FY 2018 there were 2,833 patients treated with 22,330 patient encounters.

There is a need for additional clinic space, infirmary beds, and dental operatories to provide services to the growing inmate population. There is also a need for additional work space for staff and health care providers. Insufficient work space for staff and providers presents privacy and confidentiality issues for patient care. A lack of work space also creates issues in providing services as health care staff and provided services are not all co-located. 

The appropriation will provide a total of 8,800 square feet of new space. Health services and dental space will increase from 2,550 square feet to 5,650 square feet. The number of medical exam rooms will increase from 2 to 5, while dental operatory rooms will increase from 2 to 4. The overall infirmary space will increase from 1,920 square feet to 2,900 square feet and from 8 beds to 20 beds.

The appropriation will also provide funding to remodel the vacated infirmary space in Unit A of the Jameson Annex for behavioral health services. Unit A houses offenders with severe mental illness, transitioning offenders with mental health issues and offenders in restricted housing. The remodel will also provide designated space for behavioral health services in proximity to Unit A to include space for mental health professionals, a chemical dependency counselor, clinical, and group room space.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

To schedule a visit at Jameson Annex click here. Once you are an approved visitor, you will be able to see the available visiting times for your inmate on the scheduling site.

Visits may be delayed, suspended or cancelled because of security issues and some visitation schedules may be changed due to special activities. If you are traveling from out of town, you can call the facility control room to verify the visit schedules.

Requirements to Schedule a Visit

Valid photo ID is required for all visitors at check-in. 

Before scheduling a visit, you must submit a visitor verification form to become an approved visitor for your inmate at Jameson Annex. You can do that by clicking here.

Once you are on the inmate’s approved visitor list, you can register for an in-person visit or video visit. All in-person visitation is scheduled on this website. You must provide GTL with a valid email address where you can receive email. GTL requires an email account for account creation and for using the online registration tool. 

Video Visitation

To schedule a video visit, please go to https://sddoc.gtlvisitme.com 

What items can I bring/not bring to a visit?

You are allowed to bring cash ($1 bills and change) for vending machines, bottles of baby formula, diapers, and receiving blankets. You must bring proper identification in order to visit an inmate. Lockers are available to visitors to store their coats and valuables.

Do not bring: tobacco products, cell phones/cameras/pagers, electronic and recording devices, watches and smart watches, medications, handbags, wallets, magazines/newspapers/books, toys, photo albums, lighters, and food stuffs. 

Visitors are subject to metal detectors and hand pat searches prior to entering, during or when leaving the visit area. DOC canines, Ion scanners or electronic devices may be used to detect the presence of controlled substances or narcotics. Refusal to be searched may result in the termination of visiting privileges.

Visitors must dress appropriately for their age and gender. Failure to adhere to the dress code will result in a visit being denied.

Physical Address

Jameson Annex
1600 North Drive
Sioux Falls, SD 57117

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/vp36FX1aXcm1EQWY8

General Phone Number

(605) 367-5120

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Jameson Annex
PO Box 5911
Sioux Falls, SD 57117

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at Jameson Annex can't receive incoming calls. But they do have access to phones during certain hours. For complete details on how to call an inmate in South Dakota, please click here.

How to Send Money

Inmates may receive business/payroll checks, United States cashier's checks, or money orders through the mail only for deposit into their institutional account. Personal checks and cash are not accepted and will be returned to the sender at the expense of the inmate.

Family members can use a credit or debit card to send money through JailATM.com. Simply create an account, choose "Commissary" and follow the prompts for state, facility, and inmate name. 

Please note that credit card deposits made online are assessed a fee, which is retained by the provider of the service and is not payable to DOC.

Programs For Inmates

Inmates housed in the Jameson Annex are offered literacy, ABE and GED classes. The state Department of Health provides medical, dental and optometric services for the adult corrections system.

The state Department of Social Services provides mental health and chemical dependency services. Treatment is also offered for sex offenders.

Inmate Work Program

Historically, the utilization of inmate labor was limited to those activities that directly supported the correctional institutions or state institutions that provided inmate trusty housing. 

Today, hundreds of inmates are employed in community service work projects statewide. Inmates not only work side-by-side with state employees on the day-to-day activities in state government, but also are working in communities, with non-profit agencies and with federal government agencies. 

Through these work experiences, inmates are gaining a work ethic and a sense of value and self worth. The work experiences have provided them with the tools and skills to make them productive members of the community when they are released. Inmates are becoming proficient in all facets of the construction trades, office skills, auto body repair, metal fabrication, building maintenance, heating and air conditioning, horticulture, welding, conservation, and upholstery.

The inmate work program has allowed the State to accomplish more with less. Using inmate labor has saved tax dollars and allowed projects that would have otherwise been deferred to reach fruition. The citizens also recognize that it is a good use of a valuable resource that would otherwise be a burden to society rather than an asset.

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Careers at Jameson Annex

To find out more information about a career with the South Dakota Department of Corrections and available jobs at Jameson Annex, click here.