Ok­la­homa in­mates riot for eight hours

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

TULSA — Hun­dreds of in­mates, some armed with baseball bats and iron pipes, ri­oted at an Ok­la­homa fed­eral prison for about eight hours, tak­ing two guards hostage and re­fus­ing to re­turn to their cells be­fore they were fi­nally cor­ralled by law en­force­ment of­fi­cers, au­thor­i­ties said Mon­day.

The riot started late Sun­day at the Great Plains Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in Hinton af­ter a fight broke out in the prison yard and rapidly es­ca­lated from there, Caddo County Sher­iff Len­nis Miller said. Miller said the in­mates re­fused to re­turn to their cells and at one point oc­cu­pied a build­ing in the com­plex, which is about 55 miles west of Ok­la­homa City.

Miller said about 150 in­mates were in­volved, but The GEO Group Inc., the Florida-based op­er­a­tor of the pri­vate prison, es­ti­mated Mon­day that about 400 in­mates caused the dis­tur­bance in two recre­ation yards. Miller said pris­on­ers, some tot­ing bats and pipes, took two guards hostage at the out­set of the riot but that both were freed and un­in­jured.

Miller said au­thor­i­ties used pep­per spray and stun grenades to cor­ral in­mates into a soc­cer field and an ex­er­cise yard. The riot ended early Mon­day af­ter roughly eight hours, au­thor­i­ties said.

AP/SUE OGROCKI

Au­thor­i­ties ob­serve prison grounds Mon­day from the roof above the front gate of the Great Plains Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in Hinton, Okla., where in­mates ri­oted.

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