Prison Tailor Who Helped Killers Escape Denied Parole

Jun 13, 2019

The prison tailor who helped two killers escape from an upstate New York prison has been denied parole for a third time. The parole board decision released Thursday says Joyce Mitchell will remain behind bars for at least two more years.

Mitchell is serving 2 1/3 to 7 years for helping Richard Matt and David Sweat escape Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora in June 2015. She provided tools the killers used in the prison break.

State corrections spokesman Thomas Mailey says the parole board considers victims' statements, institutional accomplishments, perceived danger to public safety and other factors in determining parole eligibility. Specific reasons for the board's decision were not released.

Mitchell's next parole hearing at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility is in June 2021.

The escape was featured in a November 2018 Showtime miniseries.

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