Tulsa World

Statewide prison lockdowns lifting

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Correction­al facilities across the state are starting to be released from a statewide lockdown caused by reported gang-related incidents at six facilities, the Oklahoma Department of Correction­s announced Wednesday.

According to a DOC news release, all five of the department’s Community Correction­s Facilities — as well as Eddie Warrior Correction­al

Center, Mabel Bassett Correction­al Center, Oklahoma State Reformator­y, Bill Johnson Correction­al Center, William

S. Key Correction­al Center and Oklahoma State Penitentia­ry’s maximum-security unit — have returned to normal operations.

“It is important to allow the inmates and their families to have visitation and the ability to attend programs,” said Scott Crow, director of the Department of Correction­s. “We will return the rest of our facilities to normal operations as soon as it is safe and responsibl­e to do so. The safety of our staff and inmate population remains our top priority.”

Visitation will resume Saturday, the news release states, and facilities remaining on lockdown will be observed under restricted movement protocols through the weekend. The department will determine Monday whether the rest of the lockdown can be lifted.

Inmates involved in last week’s incident remain in restrictiv­e housing pending the outcome of the ongoing investigat­ion, according to the news release.

Correction­al facilities statewide were locked down Friday after incidents occurred at the following facilities: Davis Correction­al Facility in Holdenvill­e; Dick Conner Correction­al Center in Hominy; Lexington Assessment and Reception Center; John Lilley Correction­al Center in Boley; Mack Alford Correction­al Center in Atoka; and Jim E. Hamilton Correction­al

Center in Hodgen.

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