Lockdown at Oklahoma prisons ends following inmate violence

Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials say lockdowns are being lifted at most state prisons more than a week after fights at six prisons left one inmate dead and more than a dozen injured.

The state Department of Corrections said Tuesday inmates at most male minimum- and medium-security prisons and all female prisons are being allowed access to prison telephones, outdoor recreation facilities, dining halls and showers. Visitation remains cancelled at all facilities.

Prisons were locked down statewide on Sept. 15 after fights between gangs occurred at six prisons within a 24-hour period. Corrections spokesman Matt Elliott says no charges have been filed.

The lockdown was a safety measure to secure inmates in their cells while officials determined what caused the violence. Investigators have subsequently discovered weapons, cellphones and drugs inside prison walls.

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