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Published On: Mon, Jun 15th, 2015

Prison worker Joyce Mitchell charged with helping Richard Matt, David Sweat escape

A supervisor at the Clinton Correctional Facility charged on Friday for her role in escape of David Sweat and Richard Matt as authorites announce Monday that te manhunt expands.

Joyce Mitchell was arrested for allegedly supplying the two criminals with hacksaw blades, chisels and screwdriver bits and helping cell block the duo escape the forbidding upstate prison.

Mitchell, 51, who was a supervisor in the prison tailor shop where the convicted killers worked, was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court just after 11 p.m. Friday on charges of promoting prison contraband, a felony, and criminal facilitation, a misdemeanor.

Mitchell’s attorney, Keith Bruno, entered a not guilty plea on her behalf.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said to the press that police don’t know where the pair have fled to.

David Sweat Richard Matt escaped convicts New YorkMore than 800 law enforcement officers have been involved in the search for David Sweat and Richard Matt, and more than 700 tips have come in, state police said.

Police have been focusing on an area southeast of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora and expanded farther east Sunday — the ninth day of the manhunt.

“You follow up every tip. You follow up every lead. You are as conscientious as you can be on every lead, because you never know which one is going to be the one,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday. “We don’t know if they are still in the immediate area or if they are in Mexico by now.”

“The truth is that is the nature of the business,” Cuomo said. “You follow up every tip, you follow up every lead. You are as conscientious as you can be on every lead because you never know which one is going to be the one.”

“We don’t know if they’re still in the area or if they are in Mexico by now, right? Enough time has transpired,” he said. “But we’re following up every lead the best we can.”

Cuomo also touched on the “delicate balance” regarding relationships between prison workers and inmates, after a district attorney said the prison employee charged with aiding the two in their escape was supposed to meet the pair and drive them to an undisclosed area about seven hours away.

“I understand prisons run on a delicate balance,” Cuomo said. “And having a good relationship between the guards and the inmates, guards and the employees, employees and the inmates is important. But, there’s a line. And when the line is stepped, then action has to be taken.”

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