Officials knew inmates were housed in Oklahoma nursing home
BY ANDREW KNITTLE NewsOK.com
Sunday, December 30, 2012
12/30/12 at 6:07 AM
MIDWEST CITY - California corrections officials knew a private prison company was housing a convicted murderer, rapist and two other felons at a Midwest City nursing home, but contend they had no "role in approving or objecting to this facility," a department spokeswoman said Friday.
Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said the state agency is in "constant communication" with Corrections Corporation of America, the private company that has thousands of inmates from the Golden State under its purview.
Documents available on the state Health Department's website reveal the California inmates were housed at Buena Vista Care and Rehabilitation Center from Oct. 19, 2011, to Nov. 15, 2011, although Thornton said they were there even longer.
The inmates, severely injured during an Oct. 11, 2011, riot at North Fork Correctional Facility in Sayre, were shackled and chained to their beds, not far from the typical residents one would find in any nursing facility.
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