ENID, Okla. — Oklahoma Department of Corrections has returned some state prisons to normal daytime operations after they were placed on lockdown in response to a series of fights last month.
Nine minimum-security prisons, four minimum units and the state’s only medium-security women’s prison have returned to normal daytime operations. In addition, visitation will be reinstated at the same facilities this weekend, as well as all community corrections centers.
All state prisons were put on lockdown last month after a series of fights left one inmate dead and 36 injured.
William S. Key Correctional Center in Fort Supply and the minimum-security unit at James Crabtree Correctional Center in Helena are among those returning to normal daytime operations.
The facilities have resumed normal operations from approximately 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, and enter controlled movement at night. From 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., the facilities are under controlled movement, which allows greater inmate freedom of movement on prison grounds than lockdown while also helping staff limit inmate activity to prevent violence.
Other prisons still are locked down until further notice to protect staff and inmates. Visitation also is not reinstated at those facilities.
The move comes after ODOC initiated a statewide lockdown Sept. 15 in response to gang-related fights at six prisons. The state locked down the institutions to keep the violence from spreading, and no further incidents related to the gang dispute have taken place since.
If any disturbance arises at these facilities or any other, ODOC reserves the right to return the statewide lockdown to keep inmates and staff safe.