Pictures of escaped prisoners Richard Matt and David Sweat are displayed at a press conference in Saranac, New York June 12, 2015. Eric Thayer/Getty Images/AFP
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A worker at an upstate New York maximum-security prison was behind bars Saturday following her arrest on charges she helped two convicted killers escape last weekend.Prison tailor shop instructor Joyce Mitchell, 51, was arraigned late Friday night on the felony charge of promoting prison contraband and misdemeanor count of criminal facilitation. Mitchell is accused of befriending inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora and giving them contraband. Mitchell has a job with a yearly salary of $57,697, overseeing inmates who sew clothes and learn to repair sewing machines at the prison.The state corrections department would not comment on the investigation into how the two inmates escaped or what Mitchell might have provided them.On Thursday, a person close to the investigation said Mitchell had befriended the two men and agreed to be the getaway driver but never showed up. Mitchell's union, Civil Service Employees Association Local 1000, would not comment Friday on the investigation of Mitchell or the current allegations.
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