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A look back at the Dannemora prison escape

Posted by Matt Ryan on



June 6 marks the one year anniversary of a story in the North Country that made worldwide headlines.

Convicted felons Richard Matt and David Sweat brazenly escaped the Clinton Correctional Facility in northern New York in the early morning hours of June 6th and were on the run for three weeks.  Matt was eventually shot and killed, while Sweat was captured a short time later.  The story played out like a cross between a horror flick and a soap opera with prison seamstress Joyce Mitchell, who allegedly was romantically linked to Matt, helping the pair by hiding hacksaw blades inside frozen hamburger meat and was also their scheduled getaway driver.  She changed her mind at the last minute and is now behind bars for her role in the escape.

Politico New York's Keshia Clukey joins us to revisit her time covering the month-long story and gives new details about the escape and what may be in the expected inspector general's report.

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