Sheriff meets with inmates after jail riot
By Zach Maxwell Staff Reporter
A “small riot” and fire at the Bryan County Jail on Sunday has resulted in a sit-down meeting between the inmates and Sheriff Ken Golden.
Golden said the inmates set a trash can on fire around 8 p.m. Sunday, setting off fire alarms and causing a swift response from Durant firefighters and half a dozen law enforcement agencies.
Police officers entered the jail to suppress the riot, and firefighters were able to extinguish the burning trash can through a “bean hole” before any damage resulted. There were no reported injuries to inmates or emergency responders.
“They wanted some attention to try and get some things resolved,” Golden said. “If we can resolve issues without force, it’s a lot better. So I sat down with them and we resolved some issues.”
He said there were 146 inmates within the open bay jail on Sunday, but there are only 134 beds. Many of the inmates are awaiting transfer to state prisons.
Golden said State Rep. Dustin Roberts made some calls on the inmates’ behalf to transfer them to state facilities and alleviate overcrowding in the downtown Durant jail.
“Department of Corrections is agreeing to take some inmates,” Golden said. “Some time this week, we’ll be moving 10 to 15. Hopefully this can be done monthly.”
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