Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $68,606)
South Dakota is applying for 2023 John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Grant funding which will be used to recruit and retain prosecutors and public defenders in the state. We could not identify a way to determine the number of full-time prosecutors in the State prior to the availability of JRJ funds or currently. The information is not available. The Office of Attorney General is the governor-designated John R. Justice (JRJ) administrating agency in South Dakota.
The goals of the South Dakota JRJ program are: retain quality prosecutors and defenders long-term in their respective offices; recruit quality prosecutors and defenders into career positions within their field; and distribute loan repayment dollars to as many eligible prosecutors and defenders as possible to maximize the impact of the dollars
The South Dakota JRJ program will follow a centralized strategy to accomplish these goals. Applicants will apply to the Office of Attorney General. We will disburse the awarded funds equally among the eligible applicants, as we have in the past few years. We will disburse the FY2023 award equally in order to maximize the impact of the JRJ loan repayment program in South Dakota.