Prison employee Joyce Mitchell to pay back nearly $80,000 in restitution

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A former employee of a maximum-security prison in northern New York will pay nearly $80,000 in restitution the state sought to cover damage caused by two inmates who cut their way out.

A prosecutor said during Joyce Mitchell’s court hearing Friday that she’ll pay $79,841 for the damage Richard Matt and David Sweat caused by using hacksaw blades and other tools she provided to break out of Clinton Correctional Facility last June.

The prosecutor said repair costs came in under the initial estimate of $120,000.

The 51-year-old Mitchell pleaded guilty in September to charges related to the escape and was sentenced to 2½ to seven years in prison.

After a three-week manhunt, Matt was shot dead in woods about 30 miles northwest of the prison. Sweat was shot and wounded two days later. 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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