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New Warden And Security Measures Imposed At Dannemora Prison

Clinton County Correctional Facility
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Clinton Correctional

A new superintendent has been named to run the maximum-security  Clinton Correctional prison where a range of new security measures have been implemented to  close gaps exploited by two inmates who broke out on June 6th.

The state corrections department says Wednesday that 30-year veteran Michael Kirkpatrick is now superintendent of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

The department has announced new security protocols including  increased  cell searches and bed checks, staffing and supervision changes, and installation of new security technology in tunnels and heart beat detection monitors at vehicle screening locations.

The previous superintendent and 11 other staff were put on paid leave Tuesday after an internal review of how David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped June 6.

Matt was shot dead after a three-week manhunt. Sweat was captured two days after that and is hospitalized.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Copyright 2015. All rights reserved.

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