NY Prison Chief Forced To Retire After Escapes; Others Suspended


The superintendent at the New York State prison where two killers broke out last month has been placed on leave along with his security chief and 10 other staff members amid an internal investigation into how the inmates pulled it off, the Associated Press reports. The 12-member group is in addition to the guard and the prison tailor shop instructor who have been arrested on charges they helped the escapees. Officials would not say what connection the 12 may have had to the June 6 escape from the maximum-security prison or the failure to prevent it.

The surviving convict, David Sweat, claimed from his hospital bed that he used no power tools to cut his way out, contrary to what authorities have said. Sweat was wounded and captured Sunday near the Canadian border. His accomplice, Richard Matt, was shot to death. Steven Racette, the $132,000-a-year superintendent of the Clinton Correctional Facility, was removed along with Stephen Brown, deputy superintendent in charge of security. The department is bringing in new leadership. Cherie Racette, the superintendent’s wife, told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise he was given the option of taking a demotion or retiring and chose retirement. She said he and two deputies are being made scapegoats by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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