Cause of prison riot still not released

SAYRE — A private prison in the western Oklahoma town of Sayre still does not have a cause it can release for a riot among inmates that occurred nearly two months ago, a spokesman for the facility says.

And the police chief said he has received no information from Corrections Corp. of America regarding the Oct. 11 riot at the North Fork Correctional Facility that resulted in 16 inmates being hospitalized.

All the hospitalized inmates have been released, CCA spokesman Mike Machak said, while declining to provide details of the injuries.

Police Chief Ronnie Harrold said he has yet to receive anything from the prison regarding the riot and said CCA has “been giving us the runaround.”

“It’s coming close to the point where we would expect for them to turn it (the CCA investigation) over to us,” Harrold said. “At some point, if they want charges filed, they’ll have to turn it over to us.”

Prison spokeswoman Michelle Deherrera said the riot erupted just before noon and local law enforcement agencies were called to subdue the prisoners.

In addition to the 16 inmates who required hospitalization, 30 were treated at a medical facility at the prison, she said.
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