Berg promoted to Warden of State Women’s Prison

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Corrections search for a Warden at the State Women’s Prison in Pierre has come to an end.

The Department has announced that Darren Berg will be the new Warden.

Berg, who was promoted on Friday, served as interim Warden since March 25 when he took over for Wanda Markland who resigned after nine women escaped from the prison on March 23.

Berg has worked for the Department of Corrections for 18 years as a correctional officer until working his way up to unit manager and deputy warden positions at the Women’s Prison. Berg also served as the department’s 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.”

“I appreciate the opportunity provided by Secretary Leidholt and Chief Warden Darin Young allowing me to serve in this capacity,” said Berg. “I look forward to continuing efforts with our great DOC staff and partners to provide an integrated approach to enhance the outcomes of our female population.”

As of April 23, the Women’s Prison houses around 400 inmates.

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