Source: Carbonated TV, October 24, 2016
A lawsuit alleges that one of country’s biggest private prison facilities is letting inmates kill each other. The suit was filed against Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)—a multi-billion dollar company, operating 88 facilities in 20 states — after four inmates died in a September 15 fight, which lasted just two minutes and yet became the deadliest incident in the history of Oklahoma’s Department of Corrections. Kyle Tiffee, along with the other members of the Irish Mob prison gang were preparing for a violent altercation with the members of the United Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacist prison gang which shared a housing pod with them. In just two minutes, Tiffee lay stabbed and bleeding on the floor from wounds inflicted by improvised weapons made form light fixtures. When the guards arrived, they maced Tiffee while a nurse and attempted to tend to the prisoners’ life threatening wounds. Four inmates were taken to the hospital where they soon died. … The lawsuit also claims internal corruption enables these prison gangs to fight to the death. Just one month after the deadly fight, Lockett and another prison guard from Cimarron, Megan Hood, were called in for reportedly smuggling contraband into the facilities to sell to the inmates. Hood said she wanted to use the $2000 one of the inmates promised her for two cell phones to get away from her abusive spouse. Lockett has been accused of bringing in drugs, including marijuana and meth into the prison. This isn’t the very first litigation to hit CCA. There have been lawsuits going back to 2014, including one in which a prisoner had to have his testicle removed after the staff repeatedly ignored his cries of pain for months. Another prisoner said he was refused chemotherapy after he had a tumor removed. Yet another said his swollen hands were ignored by the medical staff. Eventually doctors found two of his fingers were broken — and had to rebreak them to treat the injury properly. …
America’s Biggest Private Prison Company Let Inmates Kill Each Other, Lawsuit Claims
Source: Justin Glawe, Daily Beast, October 24, 2016
Private-prison guards maced Kyle Tiffee as he bled to death after being repeatedly stabbed in a gang battle last year. According to a lawsuit filed by Tiffee’s family, every element of the chaotic fight—right down to the light fixtures made into shanks—can be blamed on Corrections Corporation of America. CCA is a multi-billion-dollar company and the largest operator of privately run prisons in the United States, running nearly 70 facilities including Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing, Oklahoma, where Tiffee and three other men died on Sept. 12, 2015. The fight, which lasted all of two minutes, claimed four lives and was the deadliest incident in the history of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. … The lawsuit names Terrance Lockett as the guard who stood idly by, but Lockette disagrees with the description. … Lockett, when he did decide to warn his superiors that the gangs were gathering in a menacing manner, was told to “call back when (the fight) happens.” Eventually Lockett and a nurse entered the fray to attend to a badly wounded inmate. Not long after that, the riot squad arrived and maced Tiffee—stabbed likely by the rival Aryans—while trying to break up the brief and bloody battle. Tiffee and another member of the Irish Mob lay dead or dying; two members of the United Aryan Brotherhood were also suffering from mortal wounds. The murders may have been captured on security footage inside Charlie North, but that footage remains in the hands of CCA. … Cimarron has been a problem for CCA for at least the past two years. Lockett and another guard have been indicted for smuggling phones and drugs into the facility, according to Payne County court records. In the lawsuit, Bryan claims the pair’s actions represent a culture of lawlessness that provides an atmosphere ripe for violent conflict. … Also still open are several federal lawsuits going back to 2014 levied on CCA because of alleged mistreatment of prisoners at Cimarron. They include one in which a prisoner had to have a testicle removed after staff at the prison allegedly ignored his complaints of pain for months. Another inmate said he came to the prison with swollen hands only to be ignored by medical staff. Eventually doctors found two broken fingers that had to be rebroken to heal the inmate. …
State Speaker: Deadly Clash In Cushing Prison Should Be A ‘Wake Up Call’
Source: Jessica Holley, News on 6, September 14, 2015
For years, Speaker Jeff Hickman has been outspoken on the issues and problems within the Oklahoma corrections system. He said this deadly “inmate-on-inmate altercation” needs to be a wake up call to all Oklahomans for the change needed. … But a former CCA correctional officer, who did not want to be identified, claims the prison is understaffed and CCA knew there were safety issues not being addressed. “The Cimarron Correctional Facility is majority understaffed. They have about 100 correctional officers for 1,600 inmates. It’s just not a safe environment,” the former CCA correctional officer said. …
Private Company Owns Oklahoma Prison Where 4 Inmates Killed
Source: Sean Murphy, Associated Press, September 14, 2015
Current and former officials defended Oklahoma’s use of privately run prisons Monday following a weekend melee at one of the facilities that left four inmates dead and several others wounded. … The prison is one of three private facilities housing nearly 6,000 of Oklahoma’s prisoners. That company, Nashville, Tennessee-based Corrections Corporation of America, and another that runs a 2,500-inmate facility in Lawton, oversee dozens of facilities and tens of thousands of prisoners nationwide. A rash of violence at some privately-run Oklahoma lockups is prompting questions about whether there is adequate staffing and oversight. … With Oklahoma’s state prison facilities at or above capacity for years, state legislators have increasingly turned to private facilities to help house state prisoners. The facilities operate under contracts with the DOC, which pays a per-diem cost for each inmate and has state monitors who ensure the facilities maintain proper levels of staffing and programs spelled out in the contracts. At Cushing, the state pays $44 a day for each medium-security inmate and $58 for maximum-security offenders.
4th Inmate Dies After Oklahoma Prison Brawl
Source: Liam Stack, The New York Times, September 13, 2015
An inmate hospitalized after a weekend outburst of violence at a prison in Oklahoma died of his injuries, the company that owns and operates the prison said on Sunday, bringing the number of dead from the episode to four. … The violence took place Saturday night in one of the prison’s housing pods, the company said in a statement on Sunday. The altercation lasted only two minutes, but it took prison staff members 38 minutes to secure the area, prison officials said. No staff members were injured, Mr. Owen said. … It was the second time in four months that those measures were put in effect in response to violence.
3 Dead, 5 Injured In ‘Inmate Disturbance’ At Cimarron Correctional Facility In Cushing
Source: Leighanne Manwarren, News9, September 12, 2015
Three people are dead and five others were injured Saturday evening at the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing, the Corrections Corporation of America reported. … About 4:40 p.m., prison staff stopped an “inmate disturbance” in a single housing pod. The facility was placed on lockdown. The details of the “disturbance” were not released Saturday. … The Cimarron Correctional Facility is a private prison owned by the Corrections Corporation of America. The prison has 1,720 beds and houses medium and maximum security male inmates for the state Department of Corrections.
Investigation Into Large Brawl At Cimarron Correctional Facility
Source: Alex Cameron, News9, June 11, 2015
An investigation is underway Thursday, into a violent and large prison fight that sent almost a dozen inmates to the hospital. The State Department of Corrections is joining the Corrections Corporation of America in looking into what sparked the brawl at CCA’s Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing. … It was around 4:36 Wednesday afternoon, when CCA officials said staff at the Cimarron Correctional Facility responded to fighting in three separate units. By 5:15 p.m. the incident was over. … Some have been warning for years that riots were inevitable at Oklahoma prisons. … In 2012, a group of corrections officers told News 9 understaffing, due to low pay, was a riot risk factor. In 2015, DOC facilities are not only understaffed, News 9 saw they’re also overcrowded, which adds to the risk. …