Woman who helped killers es­cape set for early prison re­lease

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - NEWS -

AL­BANY, N.Y. >> The former prison tai­lor serv­ing time for help­ing two killers pull off a “Shaw­shank Redemp­tion”-style es­cape from a north­ern New York cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity will soon walk free.

Joyce Mitchell, 55, is ten­ta­tively ap­proved for con­di­tional re­lease on Feb. 8 af­ter a prison staff com­mit­tee de­ter­mined she had earned time off for good be­hav­ior, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the state De­part­ment of Correction­s and Com­mu­nity Su­per­vi­sion. The state Board of Pa­role has de­nied Mitchell’s at­tempts at free­dom three times, most re­cently in June.

Mitchell is serv­ing 2 1/3 to seven years in Bed­ford Hills Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity for help­ing Richard Matt and David Sweat es­cape from the state prison in Dan­nemora in June 2015. She pro­vided tools they used to cut and chisel through walls and pipes at Clin­ton Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in a prison break fea­tured in the 2018 Showtime minis­eries “Es­cape at Dan­nemora.”

Clin­ton County Sher­iff David Favro said Mitchell should serve a full seven years. “With the egre­gious­ness of her ac­tions, and the jeop­ardy she put our so­ci­ety in as a whole, it is a mock­ery of our sys­tem to let her out af­ter a cou­ple of years,” Favro told the Platts­burgh Press-Repub­li­can.

The three-week man­hunt to cap­ture Matt and Sweat cost more than $23 mil­lion and in­volved hun­dreds of state and lo­cal law en­force­ment of­fi­cers. Matt was even­tu­ally shot dead and Sweat was shot, cap­tured and put be­hind bars for life.

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