- Associated Press - Sunday, April 7, 2019

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - A private prison in southwestern Oklahoma remains locked down following a fight among dozens of inmates in which nine inmates were injured.

State Department of Corrections officials say inmate visitation is canceled Sunday at the Lawton Correctional Facility, a medium-security private prison operated by The GEO Group, Inc., based in Florida.

Officials say about 46 inmates in a single unit of the prison were involved in the fight that started about 8:30 p.m. Friday. Nine inmates were injured and six were taken to an area hospital for treatment. Authorities say none of the inmate’s injuries was life-threatening. No members of the prison’s staff were injured.

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About 2,600 Oklahoma inmates were housed at the facility when the fight occurred. The private prison is one of three private prisons operated in Oklahoma.

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