SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The warden of the South Dakota Women’s Prison resigned abruptly this week after nine women escaped from the prison and another tested positive for COVID-19. Wanda Markland offered her resignation and left the position on Tuesday.
There is now an interim warden running the prison. State officials announced on Monday that an inmate at the prison had tested positive for COVID-19.
Nine women escaped from the prison that night. Two of the women remain at large Thursday morning.
Noem confirmed on Tuesday that the escapees were from the same unit as the woman who tested positive.