Mike Durfee State Prison

The Mike Durfee State Prison is a medium-security correctional institution for male inmates located in Springfield, South Dakota. Durfee State Prison also supervises the Community Work Centers in Yankton and in Rapid City.

The 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.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

All visitation at Mike Durfee State Prison must be scheduled by clicking here. When you register and are approved, you will be able to see the available visiting times for your inmate on the scheduling site.

Please be advised that 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, visitors must submit an application to the facility to become an approved visitor. Once you are on the inmate’s approved visitor list, you can register for an in-person visit at the facility. 

All 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. 

The facility requires the inmate to submit the visit list addition form. This form includes, Name, DOB, SSN, DL, phone number and relationship of visitor. After you are registered with the facility, visit the website listed click “Forgot Password” and enter the email address you provided to the facility in the form that appears. 

After this, go to the email account that you provided and use the email you received from the system to set your password and then be sure to keep a record of it for future visits. 

To schedule a visit, log in with the email address you used for registration and the new password you created after logging in with your temporary password. Click “Visitation” in the main menu, add any additional visitors that will attend the visit and select the inmate you’d like to visit. 

Next, enter your preferred date, time and location and click “Search.” Click “Select” next to the desired visitation time. NOTE: all visits are listed in the time zone of the facility of the internet visit. You can review selections and make changes. 

At the bottom of the page, indicate that you have reviewed the policies. Verify all the information on the page, and click “Confirm.” The status of the video visit should now be “Confirmed.” Upcoming video visits are shown on the Home page. Click a visit to review its details.

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

Visitation Hours:
Saturday - Sunday
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Central Time
12:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. - Central Time
6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. - Central Time 

6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. - Central Time 

All visits must be scheduled at least four days in advance, but not more than seven days in advance.

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

Some of the common items allowed at a visit include legal materials with prior permission, 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.

Some of the common items not allowed at a visit include 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. See the lists posted at each facility for more items not allowed during a visit.

Lockers are available to visitors to store their coats and valuables.

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 in an appropriate manner for their age and gender. Inappropriate dress may cause a visit to be denied or curtailed. Failure to adhere to the dress code will result in a visit being denied.

Physical Address

Mike Durfee State Prison
1412 Wood Street
Springfield, SD 57062

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/7yQHSEJvgCQEnhh27

General Phone Number

(605) 369-2201

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Mike Durfee State Prison
1412 Wood Street
Springfield, SD 57062

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at Mike Durfee State Prison 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 now post via credit card to inmate banking accounts online at JailATM.com by creating an account, choosing "Commissary" and following the prompts for state, facility and inmate name. 

All incoming deposits are subject to the same policy as money order deposits. 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.

Inmates cannot receive any funds from another inmate, parolee or person on felony probation from any jurisdiction or from another inmate's family or friends, a M-2 or W-2 or other DOC volunteer, unless it is authorized by the facility warden or their designee.

Programs For Inmates

Mike Durfee State Prison is home to many programs, including Literacy, Adult Basic Education and GED classes. Vocational Education classes in Welding, Auto Body, Auto Mechanics, and Construction Technology are also offered. Treatment programs are available for chemical dependents and sex offenders.  

Vocational Industries

The mission of the South Dakota Department of Corrections includes utilizing evidence based practices to maximize opportunities for offender’s rehabilitation. Springfield Vocational Industries at the Mike Durfee State Prison uses “hands on” work projects, in conjunction with classroom training, to provide inmates with employment skills that will aid them with re-entry into the community workplace. 

These work projects include products such as camping cabins, custom plaques made from wood, wooden benches, gazebos and aluminum picnic tables. These products are available for purchase by South Dakota State employees, non-profit entities and cities and counties within South Dakota.


Decks + Custom Benches + Signs and Shields + Professional Office Building + Cabins (Steel/Cedar Shake Roof) + Gazebos (Steel/Asphalt Roof) 


Pedestal Grills + Storage Cabinet for Flammable Materials + Boat Docks + Picnic Tables

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Careers at Mike Durfee State Prison

To find out more information about a career with the South Dakota Department of Corrections and available jobs at Mike Durfee State Prison, click here.