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Parole hearing expected for prison employee who aided in daring escape

February 06, 2017 12:04 PM

The state prison employee convicted of helping two dangerous inmates escape Clinton Correctional Facility two years ago, is expected to have her first parole hearing this week.

The state Department of Corrections has confirmed NewsChannel 13 inquiries about Joyce Mitchell.

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Routinely, the state is never more specific than to name the week of a parole hearing, instead of the actual day.  The Department of Correction's website says Mitchell’s earliest possible release date is October 8.

Mitchell worked in the state prison when she helped inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat escape in June of 2015. Matt was shot and killed nearly three weeks later and Sweat was captured two days later.

The parole board has 14 days to make a decision on Mitchell’s request for parole.

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