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Report Highlights Systemic Problems That Led To Dannemora Prison Escape

Mike Groll
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AP
A year ago, David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility Dannemora, New York. A new report suggests prison officials weren't following protocols that, if followed, could have prevented the escape.

A year ago, Richard Matt and David Sweat broke out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York. The escape was like something out of a movie. The two convicted murders dug a tunnel with stolen tools, left a dummy in their cot to fool the guards and were on the run for three weeks.

The hunt for the two men ended in a confrontation with New York State Police where Matt was killed and Sweat was injured. Twelve months later, questions about how the two were able to break out of the maximum security prison remain.

The New York State Inspector General’s office recently released a report detailing some of the problems at Clinton Correctional Facility that allow Matt and Sweat to escape.

Brian Mann, Adirondack Bureau Chief for North Country Public Radio, spoke to VPR about the report.

Melody is the Contributing Editor for But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids and the co-author of two But Why books with Jane Lindholm.
Liam is Vermont Public’s public safety reporter, focusing on law enforcement, courts and the prison system.
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