DOC wants change in private prison rules
BY ANDREW KNITTLE NewsOK.com
Sunday, December 09, 2012
12/09/12 at 6:04 AM
The actions of a private prison company, which took months to turn over investigative materials to local agencies after a prison riot last year in Sayre, could lead to a change in Oklahoma law.
Jerry Massie, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, said the agency will propose an amendment to an existing law dealing with private prison companies during the upcoming legislative session.
The change would force private prison companies housing out-of-state inmates in Oklahoma to provide information concerning "a riot, escape or other serious emergency and facility operations upon request of Oklahoma DOC," agency records show. It would also allow the state agency to fine companies who don't comply.
Minutes from a recent corrections board meeting show the Oct. 11, 2011, prison riot at the North Fork Correctional Facility - which required a sizable response from local law enforcement agencies - is the impetus of the soon-to-be-proposed law change.
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An October 2011 riot at the North Fork Correctional Facility in Sayre, Okla., has led to a proposal to require greater disclosure and response from private prisons after a disturbance or an escape. JODI DAVIS / Elk City Daily News