Security Beefed Up, New Superintendent Named At NY Prison After Escapes


A new superintendent has been named at New York state’s maximum-security prison where two inmates escaped last month and new security measures are in place, the Associated Press reports. Michael Kirkpatrick, a 30-year correction veteran, is now in charge of the Clinton Correctional Facility. He replaces Steven Racette, is on paid leave along with 11 other staff members after an internal review of how convicted killers David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped June 6. Matt was shot dead Friday after a three-week manhunt. Sweat was shot and captured on Sunday.

The department said new security measures include stepped-up searches of inmates’ cells, staffing changes to ensure bed checks are more effective and installation of security gates in the facility’s tunnels. Officials said they will temporarily close the prison’s honor block, where the inmates escaped, and subject it to the same security restrictions as other blocks. All contractor tool boxes are now to be stored in secure areas inaccessible to inmates and inspected daily. A captain or higher rank is required on every overnight shift. Staff members in remote areas are required to check in every half-hour.

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