Correction officer put on leave after New York prison escape

DANNEMORA, N.Y. — A correction officer has been placed on administrative leave as part of the investigation into the escape of two convicted killers from an upstate New York prison.

The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says the officer was put on leave Friday. It says no additional information is available.

Inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt used power tools to cut their way out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora on June 6. Hundreds of police officers have been looking for them.

State police say they’re prepared to keep searching for the “long haul.” They say Sweat and Matt could be anywhere but they’re focusing their ground search in the heavily wooded region around the prison.

A prison tailor shop instructor has been charged with helping the inmates escape. She has been suspended without pay. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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