The employee accused of helping two inmates break out of New York state’s Clinton Correctional Facility was back behind bars Friday, only this time she was wearing handcuffs and sitting in the county jail, reports the New York Daily News. Joyce Mitchell was arrested for allegedly supplying the men with hacksaw blades, chisels and screwdriver bits more than a month before their June 6 jailbreak and helping Richard Matt and David Sweat escape the upstate prison. Mitchell, who has been suspended as a supervisor in the prison tailor shop where the convicted killers worked, was arraigned Friday night on charges of promoting prison contraband, a felony, and criminal facilitation, a misdemeanor.
Mitchell, 51, is due back in court Monday morning. “This is one large piece of the puzzle in the search” for Matt and Sweat, said Maj. Charles Guess of the New York State Police. “Our interviews with Joyce Mitchell have been fruitful and productive.” Mitchell was supposed to meet Matt and Sweat outside the prison and be their getaway driver, but she got cold feet and checked herself into a hospital instead.