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Parole Denied For Woman Who Helped Clinton Correctional Escapees

Joyce Mitchell in courtroom with her lawyer during sentencing
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Joyce Mitchell in courtroom with her lawyer during sentencing

The New York State Parole Board has unanimously denied former prison guard worker Joyce Mitchell’s bid for parole.

Mitchell appeared before the board for the first time since she was sentenced to up to seven years in prison for helping convicted murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt escape from the Clinton Correctional facility in June of 2015. 

The decision by the parole board noted that Mitchell’s release “…would be incompatible with the welfare of society...” It notes that her crimes cost the state millions of dollars  because she developed “…unprofessional relationships with Matt and Sweat." 

According to WPTZ television Mitchell’s next parole hearing will be in June.


Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie, who prosecuted Mitchell, issued the following statement late Monday:

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