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Visitation resumes at Oklahoma prisons following fights

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Visitation will resume at 14 Oklahoma minimum security prisons that were among more than two dozen prisons locked down following recent fights that injured three dozen inmates and left one inmate dead.

State Department of Corrections spokesman Matt Elliott said visitation will resume at many minimum security facilities and at community corrections centers.

The state's 24 prisons plus three private prisons were locked down following fights last month at prisons in Vinita, Hominy, Sayre, Fort Supply, Lawton and Stringtown. Inmate Chad Burns, 27, was killed in the fighting that injured 36 other inmates and some prison staff, though no staff members were hospitalized.

The lock downs were lifted Sept. 24 at minimum- and medium-security units, but visitation remained cancelled.

Those wishing to visit an inmate should contact the prison facility.

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