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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Friday, March 25, 2005

Oklahoma Prison Gang Fight Lasted Over Four Hours

The March 22 prison gang fight at the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Oklahoma that resulted in 1 inmate's death and the injury of 13 others involved an estimated 50 to 60 inmates and lasted over 4 hours--much longer than originally reported.  The Arizona Department of Corrections investigated the prison riot and exposed its true time frame.  The brawl erupted in the prison's gym giving inmates easy access to all sorts of equipment to use as weapons.  Once officers from the state Department of Corrections arrived at the scene, the riot was calmed within 10 minutes.  The Cimarron Correctional Facility holds about 970 inmates (445 of whom are considered violent) and is privately operated by Corrections Corporation of America ("CCA").  This Nashville-based company operates 4 prisons in OK and is the nation’s largest private corrections operator.  In June 2004, a riot broke out between two gangs at CCA's Diomondback Correctional Facility in Watonga, OK, critically injuring two inmates. More... [Mark Godsey]

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