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Joyce Mitchell in courtroom with her lawyer during sentencing
Rob Fountain/Press Republican - pool photographer

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.

Major Charles Guess (retired)
NYS Police

On June 6, 2015 two convicted murderers escaped from the maximum security prison at Dannemora.  The search for David Sweat and Richard Matt fell under the jurisdiction of New York State Police Troop B, commanded by Major Charles Guess.  Now retired, he has written a book about the 23-day manhunt.  In this second part of an interview, he recounts his first walkthrough of the prison with Governor Andrew Cuomo on the first day of the search.

Relentless Pursuit book cover
Major Charles Guess (retired)

It captured the nation’s attention for nearly a month and kept everyone in Northern New York and Vermont on tenterhooks during the summer of 2015.  On June 6th, two convicted killers escaped from the maximum security prison at Dannemora.  Fugitives Richard Matt and David Sweat eluded searchers for weeks as reporters from around the world fixed a spotlight on the Shawshank-esque getaway.

What was it like to be the person in charge of the largest search ever conducted in the state?  New York State Police Major Charles Guess was the commander of Troop B Headquarters, and it fell upon him to lead the massive undertaking.  Now retired, he has written Relentless Pursuit, a book about those 23 days.  In the first of a two-part interview, Guess says he was encouraged to write the book by his wife Elinor as an insider’s comprehensive record of events.

Joyce Mitchell in courtroom with her lawyer during sentencing
Rob Fountain/Press Republican - pool photographer

A state board has denied parole to the tailor who played a key role in a prison break that's the subject of a Showtime miniseries being filmed in the northern New York region where it happened.

Movie hopefuls fill the Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Two years after a prison break riveted the region, more than 1,000 people flocked to the Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh recently to audition for parts in a Showtime miniseries that will be filmed in the North Country.

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Today is the second anniversary of the end of one of the largest manhunts in New York history — when officials captured the second of two men who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. The episode led to convictions, inquiries and calls for security reforms.

Joyce Mitchell in courtroom with her lawyer during sentencing
Rob Fountain/Press Republican - pool photographer

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

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Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York is on full lockdown today following disturbances Thursday night.

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New York corrections officials say nine guards, officers and civilian employees at the Clinton Correctional prison in northern New York resigned or retired in lieu of other discipline after two murderers escaped last year.

Voices From Clinton report cover
Correctional Association of New York

On Monday the New York State Inspector General issued a report detailing systemic breakdowns that led to the escape of two inmates from the Clinton Correctional facility in Northern New York.  On Thursday, the Correctional Association of New York released a report detailing violence and abuse against inmates at the maximum security prison.

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Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Correctional Association of New York has issued a report that alleges a culture of violence and abuse against prisoners has existed at Clinton Correctional for years. 

One year after two convicted murderers escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, the New York State Office of the Inspector General released a scathing report on how the prisoners made their escape from the maximum security facility. 

Monday marks one year since New York’s North Country was upended by a massive manhunt for two escaped murderers.  We look back at the 23-day search for Clinton Correctional Facility inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat.

Gene Palmer leaves court after pleading guilty on Monday.
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The last of the court proceedings in Clinton County dealing with the escape of David Sweat and Richard Matt from the maximum security Clinton Correctional facility last June was settled this morning. In the end, one inmate is dead, one is back behind bars, and two former prison employees have been sentenced to jail time.

David Sweat in Clinton County Court
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Convicted murderer David Sweat, who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York in June, setting off a 23-day manhunt, was back in court Wednesday. Sweat, who is already serving a life sentence for murder, appeared in Clinton Country Court to face sentencing for the breakout. 

David Sweat during November 2015 Clinton County court appearance
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The surviving convict who escaped from the Clinton Correctional facility last June will not face charges in Franklin County for crimes he committed there while on the lam.

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The morning of June 6, 2015 was to become historic for the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York.  The facility had never had an escape occur from its maximum security wing – until that day. As part of our series on the biggest stories of 2015, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks back at the 23-day manhunt and its aftermath.

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The New York Inspector General spent much of Monday meeting with the only corrections officer charged in the aftermath of the escape from the Clinton Correctional facility in June.

David Sweat during November 2015 Clinton County court appearance
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The convicted murderer who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York in June, setting off a 23-day manhunt, was back in court today. David Sweat, who is already serving a life sentence for murder, returned for his second appearance in Clinton Country Court to plead guilty to charges related to the breakout. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was in court.

A prosecutor has concluded the shootings of two escaped killers in northern New York by their pursuers were justified.

NYS Police

Suspended corrections officer Gene Palmer was arraigned in Clinton County Court Wednesday on charges related to his role in the escape of Richard Matt and David Sweat from the Clinton Correctional Facility last June.

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The Clinton Correctional Facility has been under the microscope since the escape of two prisoners from its maximum security division in June, which led to a 23-day multimillion dollar manhunt.  This weekend, the prison was placed on lockdown after two prisoner altercations.

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The surviving escapee from the Clinton Correctional Facility who was captured after a 23-day manhunt in June was in Clinton County Court this morning facing charges related to the prison break. As WAMC’s Pat Bradley reports, the brief proceeding marked the first time David Sweat was seen in public since being wounded at the end of the chase.

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Payroll records suggest the hunt for two escaped killers in northern New York cost more than $1 million a day, with overtime costs alone for state troopers and corrections officers $22 million higher than last year.

71 inmates have filed complaints with Prisoners Legal Services alleging violent retribution by corrections officers at Clinton Correctional facility during and in the wake of the escape of Richard Matt and David Sweat.  The revelations by the New York Times have shocked many people.  The Correctional Association of New York is the only group that has statutory authority under New York state law to enter prisons to monitor conditions.

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The prisoners are long accounted for, but fallout from the 23-day manhunt for two escaped murderers continues. A New York Times report says there was widespread retribution carried out against inmates at Clinton Correctional during the search for Richard Matt and David Sweat. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has reaction.

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A legal services group says inmates who knew the two men who escaped from a maximum-security prison in northern New York reported beatings by guards trying to determine where the pair went.

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NYS Assembly

The state Assembly representative for the region that includes the Clinton Correctional Facility is slamming the plea deal that the Clinton County District Attorney reached with Joyce Mitchell, who pleaded guilty this week to helping inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from the maximum security prison last month. Republican Janet Duprey of the 115th district tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley justice was not served.

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One case was resolved Tuesday with a plea agreement, but there will still be more legal proceedings in the wake of the escape of Richard Matt and David Sweat from the Clinton Correctional facility.

Joyce Mitchell in courtroom with her lawyer during sentencing
Rob Fountain/Press Republican - pool photographer

Former Clinton Correctional employee Joyce Mitchell pleaded guilty during her arraignment in Plattsburgh today on charges related to her role in aiding the escape of Richard Matt and David Sweat from the maximum security prison in Dannemora.

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