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Berg promoted to warden at South Dakota Women’s Prison

April 25, 2020 GMT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Darren Berg has been named warden of the South Dakota Women’s Prison in Pierre, corrections officials announced Friday.

Berg has served as interim warden at the prison for the last month. He is an 18-year veteran of the state Department of Corrections, starting as a corrections officer. He has served as a manager, deputy warden and data systems manager.

“Darren’s leadership has been invaluable to the facility and the department,” said Secretary of Corrections Mike Leidholt. “His experience and knowledge of everything from programming to policies to best practices with an emphasis on safety and security will continue to benefit the team he is leading and the inmates they supervise.”

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The prison encompasses all security levels and includes the nearby Pierre Community Work Center. There are about 440 inmates housed at the facility.