New Concern Leads To Prison Lockdown

Oct 7, 2019


The Hamilton Prison
Credit DOC


Oklahoma prison officials say a minimum security prison in eastern Oklahoma has been locked down as a precaution against possible unrest.

The Jim E. Hamilton Correctional Center in Le Flore County was locked down to restrict inmate movement on Saturday “out of an abundance of caution” after prison officials say they received unspecified intelligence information.

Prison spokesman Matt Elliott Sunday declined to describe the information but says prison officials are always concerned about gang activity and the possibility of unrest. Elliott says there have been no inmate fights or injuries at the all-male prison that houses more than 700 inmates.

Last month, one inmate was killed and dozens were injured during fighting at six Oklahoma prisons that officials said appeared to be coordinated and the result of race-based gang tension.