• Seven still hospitalized after Cimarron prison riot

    By: Angela Hong

    Updated:

    CUSHING, Okla. -  

    Quick Facts:

     

    • 11 people hospitalized after riot at Cimarron Correctional Facility Wednesday
    • No guards involved in the fight and no staff injuries reported
    • Seven remained in the hospital Thursday
    • The cause of the fight is under investigation

     

    A large fight broke out at the Cimarron Correctional Facility Wednesday evening.

    Officials said the fight started between medium-security inmates just after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and lasted nearly 45 minutes.

    Officials said at least people 11 were hospitalized for injuries. They were not life-threatening.

    No guards were involved in the fight, and no staff injuries have been reported.

    Investigations are ongoing as to whether weapons were involved and how exactly the fight started. 

    The correctional facility was placed on complete lockdown meaning that there is no movement within the facility without the escort of a guard and all inmates are locked in their cells.

    FOX23 spoke to the mother of one inmate.

    "Ever since he's been at Cimarrron it's been one violent situation after another," said Cheryl Wilson.

    Wilson told FOX23 her son has been at the prison for the past year.

    "I don't know what they're doing or how they are guarding this facility because it is one fight after another. There is a lot of violence in there and they need to take control of that somewhow," Wilson said.

    Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of Amercan operates the prison. They are contracted by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections for about $23 million a year.

    In 2011 there was a large riot at a CCA-run prison in Sayre, Okla. where 46 inmates were injured.

    FOX23 reached out to CCA to ask about the problems with prison violence.

    "Inmates fighting with inmates is something every corrections professional deals with in every correctional facility around the country. To say these things don't occur wouldn't be accurate," said Steve Owen with CCA.

    Seven inmates were still hospitalized as of Thursday afternoon.

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