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Inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary playing a game of basketball in Sioux Falls on Nov. 13. A revamped state probation system that took effect Jan. 1 aims to prevent offenders from violating probation and ending up in prison. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers)

New year brings changes in SD probation system

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By Chet Brokaw

PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota is making big changes in the way it handles offenders placed on probation, as part of an extensive overhaul of the state's criminal justice system designed to avoid construction of new prisons.

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