Dannemora Prison Break Accomplice to get Early Release

Release set for February, 2020

WBEN Newsroom
December 19, 2019 - 10:40 am
Former Prison Taylor Joyce Mitchell

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Bedford Hills, N.Y. (AP/WBEN) - The former prison tailor serving time for helping two killers escape from an upstate New York correctional facility will soon walk free.

The state corrections agency says Joyce Mitchell is tentatively approved for release in February. The state Board of Parole has denied Mitchell's bids for freedom three times, most recently in June. But a prison staff committee determined she had earned time off for good behavior.

She is serving 2 and a third to 7 years in Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, in Westchester County, for helping Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from the state prison in Dannemora in June 2015. The 55 year old Mitchell provided tools they used in a prison break featured in the 2018 Showtime miniseries “Escape at Dannemora.”

The three-week manhunt to capture Matt and Sweat cost more than $23 million and involved hundreds of state and local law enforcement officers. Matt was eventually shot dead and Sweat was shot, captured and put behind bars for life.

Mitchell's conditional release is tentatively set for February 8. 

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