NY Prison Worker Who Aided Escape Denied Parole

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Joyce Mitchell, the New York state prison worker who aided the escape of two convicted killers in 2015, was denied parole yesterday, USA Today reports. Mitchell, 52, was sentenced in September 2015 to 2 1/3 to seven years in prison for helping David Sweat and Richard Matt escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility near the Canadian border. In her first bid for parole, the parole board ripped her attempt to be freed after Sweat and Matt — whom Mitchell became close with — led authorities on a dangerous three-week manhunt through the Adirondacks.

“You allowed your common sense and supervisory duties to be compromised by developing unprofessional relationships with Matt and Sweat,” the parole board wrote. “You did not tell anyone of escape-related requests or plans as events were occurring and offered reasons for not doing so that neither [the judge] nor the board found credible.” Mitchell pleaded guilty and admitted to having an intimate relationship with Matt. She sneaked hacksaw blades and other tools to the inmates, allowing them to cut through walls and pipes at the maximum-security prison.


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