OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The head of Oklahoma's prison system ordered a statewide lockdown Friday after several inmates were injured in what authorities say were gang-related attacks.
Corrections Director Scott Crow ordered the lockdown and canceled all visitation through the weekend.
"We continue to monitor the situation and will maintain the lockdown as long as necessary for safety," Crow said in a statement.
Several inmates were injured seriously, but none of the injuries were life-threatening, the agency said.
The prisons where the attacks occurred were the Jim E. Hamilton Correctional Center in Hodgen, Mack Alford Correctional Center in Atoka, John H. Lilley Correctional Center near Boley, Lexington Assessment and Reception Center, Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy and Davis Correctional Facility in Holdenville.
DOC spokesman Justin Wolf said he couldn't detail how many inmates were injured or the nature of the attacks because the incidents were still under investigation.