Business owners frustrated with juvenile delinquency

RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) – Kevin Quick, owner of cloud 9, down ohm vapors and noctilucent-9 in Rapid City says there has been a spike in crime since covid-19 began and the “system” is not useful.

Quick states “We have been burglarized I think four or five times since covid started. You can’t keep putting that on your insurance. At what point do I say…I’m going to close my doors because this stuff is unmanaged. He also expressed frustration with the police criminal process.

According to Captain James Johns of the Criminal Investigations Division, the police are not the arbiter of prosecution. He also said police make arrests, but it is up to the juvenile system to hold minors accountable.

The juvenile reform bills instituted several years ago seem to have a flaw that some individuals exploit…sometimes repeatedly.

Senate Bill 73, signed into law in 2017 by the South Dakota Legislature, outlines a citation process for minor juvenile offenses and expands diversion for lower level offenses. More than $3.2 million has been invested in diversion programs focused on rebuilding family structures.

John says this bill changed everything. “It definitely changed the landscape of juvenile justice in South Dakota. it changed what minors could be held responsible for…and what they could not be held responsible for.

For business owner Quick, the future of his businesses in Rapid City is uncertain. Currently, the Juvenile Justice Reform Act passed in 2017 plays a key role in how the Department of Justice prosecutes juvenile offenders for lower level offenses. KOTA has contacted the State’s Attorney’s Office for additional information and has yet to receive a response. The Rapid City Police Department suggests business owners contact their district and state officials to learn more about the legal process for fine-tuning laws.

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