Cibola Co. Jail remains on lockdown following inmate protest

Posted at: 03/28/2013 5:24 PM
Updated at: 03/28/2013 8:45 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4 and staff

KOB Eyewitness News 4 is still pressing for answers on why hundreds of inmates protested at the Cibola County Correctional Center.

As KOB 4 first reported Wednesday, around 250 inmates were refusing to go inside the facility as part of a "peaceful protest."

The protest finally came to an end late Wednesday night.

The minimum-security facility is now on lockdown to make sure all of the inmates are still there.

And with four correction facilities in a ten mile radius lockdowns, riots and stand-offs are nothing new to the people like Valerie Olguin. She lives in Grants.

"Living here it doesn't bother me that - you know I've lived here my whole life," she said. "I'm used to it. The women's prisons my backyard."

In small towns like Milan and Grants - the news doesn't always travel that fast. Ernest Garlington tries to keep up.

"You catch it," he said. "We get our newspaper twice a week -word of mouth spreads faster than news here."

The prison has been owned by the Corrections Corporation of America since 1998.

It houses more than 1,100 prisoners.

CCA runs more than 60 facilities around the country, overseeing more than 80,000 thousand inmates.

The company has been named among "America’s Best Big Companies" by Forbes Magazine.

Officials at the jail are keeping tight lipped saying that it's an ongoing investigation. And with the lockdown still in plac; no visitors are allowed,no one coming or going for KOB 4 to ask what the "peaceful demonstration" was all about.

Stay with KOB 4 as we work share with you any new information.