Prison towns: What it’s like to live near an Oklahoma prison

Residents of McAlester and Lexington talk about maximum security prisons in their towns and about what it’s like to live and work next to them.

BY TIFFANY GIBSON and MATT PATTERSON Published: December 11, 2011
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MCALESTER — Sonya Davis grew up with family ties to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

Many of her family members worked at the maximum-security prison in McAlester for years, and she grew up to do the same.

“You just get used...

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