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Cushing Prison Remains On Lockdown While Brawl Investigation Continues

Jun 20, 2015 | by Lynn Powell

(Cushing, Okla.) – The Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing remains on lockdown while an investigation continues into a brawl that sent 11 inmates to the hospital last week, Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terri Watkins told KUSH today.

“All of the offenders have been discharged from the hospital,” and are back in prison, Watkins said.

Corrections Corporation of America, which owns and operates the private prison, reported that 200 to 300 inmates were involved in the brawl, Watkins said.

The fight reportedly began last Wednesday at 4:36 p.m. and was under control by 5:15 p.m.

Watkins said she could not comment on the cause of the brawl or the nature of the injuries, since they are part of the investigation.

The fight “occurred partially on the yard and in three different housing units,” Watkins said.

“There were no staff injuries and no physical damage to the facility,” Watkins said.

Payne County District Attorney Laura Thomas told KUSH today, “We have not been presented any charges,” stemming from the brawl at the prison, which houses 1,650 inmates.

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