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After Assaults, Oklahoma Prisons Briefly Locked Down Across The State


Prisons around the state briefly locked down and cancelled visitation over the weekend after a prisoner at North Fork Correctional Center in Sayre seriously injured multiple other prisoners

The man injured at least six other prisoners on Friday. Four were hurt so badly they needed to be flown to local hospitals and two were picked up by ambulances. The men all suffered cuts and stab wounds.

Lockdowns ended for most prisons on Saturday and visitors were allowed to return Sunday.

North Fork is one of several prisons where gangs launched coordinated attacks last year prompting the Department of Corrections to order a statewide lockdown that lasted for months.

The corrections agency found this latest attack was unique to North Fork.

Bobby Cleveland, president of Oklahoma Corrections Professionals said in a Facebook Live discussion the attacks are a result of dangerous understaffing at North Fork and throughout the entire prison system.

North Fork is the only prison that will remain on lockdown with visitation suspended indefinitely.

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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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