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Oklahoma Prison Lockdowns Eased After Gang Fights

Oklahoma Department of Corrections is easing prison lockdowns across the state.

Prisoners’ movements have been restricted since late November after more than 20 people were assaulted in gang fights at three male prisons.

Only prisoners who are members of the three gangs involved in the fighting — United Aryan Brotherhood, Sureños and Paisas — will remain locked down. Most other prisoners in the state will be allowed to access recreational areas, educational opportunities and other programs.

The corrections agency said in a press release COVID-19 protocols requiring social distancing and masking will stay in place. Visitation is still prohibited.


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Quinton Chandler worked at StateImpact Oklahoma from January 2018 to August 2021, focusing on criminal justice reporting.
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