Escape plan prompted prison lockdown near Finger Lakes

Corrections officers rush to an area of a possible sighting of two escaped prisoners from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Mountain View, N.Y. Police began focusing intensely on an area 20 miles west of the prison that inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped from prison on June 6. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — The union representing New York corrections officers says the lockdown of a maximum-security prison in the Finger Lakes region was prompted by the discovery of escape plans in an inmate’s cells.

James Miller, spokesman for the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, says Auburn Correctional Facility went into lockdown after prison staff found the plans Friday.

State corrections officials have confirmed that prisoners were locked into their cells starting last Friday. Officials aren’t commenting on the escape plan claims.

Miller says he has no details of the escape plans.

The lockdown comes as authorities continue searching for two murderers who escaped from the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in northern New York June 6. David Sweat and Richard Matt remained at large for a 20th day Thursday. 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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