SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) sent a team of special agents and investigators from its California Out-of-State Correctional Facilities and its Office of Correctional Safety to the North Fork Correctional Facility in Sayre, Oklahoma, in response to an incident in which hundreds of CDCR inmates engaged in assaultive behavior.
On October 11 at approximately 11:45 a.m. CDT, several fights among inmates in various locations within the facility broke out. Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) staff responded to the disturbances and secured the facility. Forty-six inmates suffered injuries; 30 were treated locally and 16 were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Eight inmates are still hospitalized; three are in critical condition.
There were no staff injuries, no escapes and no fatalities.
The facility is still on lockdown and inmates are confined to their housing units.
The incident is under investigation. CDCR’s team will support CCA staff in its investigation and review, help identify inmates who participated in the incident, conduct threat assessments and interviews, and evaluate housing placement.
To relieve prison overcrowding, California’s Legislature adopted AB 900, the Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007. Among its provisions is approval to house up to 9,588 inmates in private correctional facilities outside California.
California’s 9,458 out-of-state inmates are housed in Arizona, Mississippi, and Oklahoma in facilities operated by CCA, based in Nashville, Tennessee. The North Fork Correctional Facility is a 2,500-bed medium-security prison owned and operated by CCA and houses 2,381 CDCR inmates.