Lockdown lifted at many state prisons
Ponca City Now - September 24, 2019 2:40 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is now allowing controlled movement of inmates at most male minimum-security facilities, minimum-security units at medium-security prisons, and all female prisons.
Correctional officers will move small groups of inmates from their pods or cells to allow them use of prison telephones, provide outdoor recreation time and access to dining halls and canteens. These inmates will also have daily, structured access to showers.
ODOC is also sending farm and industry workers back to their assigned jobs, as well as inmates in education programs back to the classroom. These facilities will phase in these controlled movements over the next week.
ODOC initiated a statewide prison lockdown Sept. 15 after fights between gangs occurred at six prisons within a 24-hour period. Dozens of inmates were injured and one was killed. The lockdown is a safety measure used to secure inmates in their cells or pods while agency investigators determine the root of the violence. Inmates remaining on lockdown are allowed three showers a week and are fed three meals daily from a master menu.
The prisons allowing for the controlled movement are prepared to return to a full lockdown if any problems arise.
ODOC appreciates the patience of inmates’ families during this time, as well as their understanding that a lockdown helps ensure the safety of their loved ones and staff members.
Visitation remains cancelled at all prison facilities.
Minimum-security facilities include:
- Bill Johnson Correctional Center, Alva
- Howard McLeod Correctional Center, Atoka
- Jackie Brannon Correctional Center, McAlester
- Jess Dunn Correctional Center, Taft
- Jim E. Hamilton Correctional Center, Hodgen
- John Lilley Correctional Center, Boley
Medium-security facilities with minimum-security units:
- Dick Conner Correctional Center, Hominy
- James Crabtree Correctional Center, Helena
- Mack Alford Correctional Center, Stringtown
- Lexington Assessment and Reception Center, Lexington