Oklahoma Prisons Locked Down After 'Disturbance'

Mar 4, 2020

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections put seven facilities on lock down following a "disturbance" Monday evening at Mack Alford Correctional Center.
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Oklahoma prison officials expect to lift a statewide lock down today following what they called a "disturbance" among about a half dozen inmates.

There were no serious injuries as a result of the disturbance Monday night at Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown, a medium-security men's prison about 105 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, said DOC spokesman Matt Elliott.

Elliott said the cause of the disturbances is under investigation and the lock down was ordered after investigators have learned of more potential violence at other state prisons.

“We’re trying to head off anything serious” at other facilities, Elliott said.

Under the lock down, visitation has been suspended at Mack Alford as well as Mabel Bassett, Kate Barnard, Eddie Warrior Correctional, Bill Johnson, Howard McLeod, Jim E. Hamilton and John H. Lilley correctional centers.

All state prisons were locked down in September after an outbreak of apparent gang-related violence left one inmate dead and more than a dozen injured.