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Governor Reacts to Sayre Prison Riot

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News, Politics.
October 12, 2011

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Governor Fallin is looking into the policies and actions which might have led to a riot in North Fork Correctional Facility where dozens of inmates were injured.

Governor Fallin says it’s fortunate the employees at the private prison in Sayre weren’t injured during Tuesday’s riot and there was no threat to the western Oklahoma community.

Fallin says she actually learned there might be issues at the North Fork Correctional Facility from prison officials last week.

“There were some gang members that were starting to fight among themselves and they were closely monitoring the situation to prevent any type of problems within the system itself.”

She says this will happen with violent criminals, but she is talking to the Commissioner of Oklahoma Public Safety to review the state’s options.

The prison is owned by Corrections Corporation of America and houses nearly 2,400 inmates from the state of California.

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