Warden of South Dakota Women's Prison resigns

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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 stepped down Tuesday, according to the Department of Corrections.

Markland resigned one day after nine female inmates walked away from a minimum-security work facility. The escape came the same day an inmate in the women’s prison was diagnosed with COVID-19. Some of those inmates have since been recaptured.

Darren Berg has been named the prison’s interim warden, according to the Department of Correction’s website.