Parole Denied For Prison Tailor Who Helped Two Killers Escape

Sep 11, 2017

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.

Joyce Mitchell will remain behind bars for at least two more years for passing tools to convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat, enabling their escape from the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora in June 2015.

The subsequent three-week manhunt ended with Matt shot dead and Sweat captured near the Canadian border.

Mitchell's lawyer tells the Plattsburgh Press-Republican the parole board denied her release Friday.

Patricia Arquette plays Mitchell in Showtime's "Escape at Dannemora," being produced and directed by Ben Stiller.

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