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Riot and Fire Sparked by Overcrowding at Bryan Co. Jail

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BRYAN COUNTY, OK----About 43 inmates being held at the Bryan County Jail began rioting tonight around 8:30 p.m. This is according to Bryan County Sheriff Ken Golden.

Sheriff Golden said during the riot the inmates set fire to a garbage can with a lighter that an inmate snuck in.  Durant, Chickasaw and Choctaw special response teams responded to control the riot and firefighters from the Durant Fire Department put out the fire. No one was hurt.

Officers said the inmates are part of a large-base cell that holds inmates who have been sentenced to serve time in prison. They said the prison that they are supposed to be sent to is overcrowded and that several transfer trips have been canceled. This has resulted in overcrowding at the jail.

Sheriff Golden said the overcrowding is the main reason behind tonight's riot. At around 9 p.m. tonight he talked to inmates and told them that he will try to get them transferred as soon as possible. Tomorrow, he plans to contact the Department of Corrections to talk about how to get the inmates moved.