Joyce Mitchell has been denied parole.

We knew last week that her parole hearing would take place after just 2 years in prison for her role is aiding two convicts escape prison in 2015.  With her help, 2 men Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped Dannemora Prison in Upstate NY and led New York State Police on a 2 week hunt for the dangerous men.

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This verdict is the right one, in my mind.  As I said in my previous article, two years is not enough time for what she did in causing danger and fear in communities almost state wide.

Mitchell will continue to serve the seven year prison sentence she received after pleading guilty in 2015 for helping Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from the prison where she worked.  Mitchell admitted to providing the inmates tools including hacksaw blades and a screwdriver bit, to cut through the walls.  She was supposed to drive the men out of the country, but changed her mind.

Matt was shot and killed by police, Sweat was shot and captured by state police after three weeks on the run.

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