One inmate was killed and five others were injured, one critically, when gang members, some armed with bats, rioted yesterday at the private Cimarron Correctional Facility in Oklahoma, The Oklahoman reports. “Initial indications are that it was gang-related, with an undetermined number of inmates using recreation equipment located in the gym as weapons to assault another group of inmates,” said prison spokeswoman Linda Hurst. Softball bats were used as weapons. Corrections Corporation of America operates the prison.
The inmate’s death is the prison’s first assault-related death since it opened in May 1997. The Cimarron facility housed 967 Oklahoma male inmates as of Monday. Hurst did not know which gangs or what races were involved. “It’s a prison,” she said. “Things like this do happen.”