For the past four days, two convicted murderers who escaped from New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility have been on the run. Their escape is considered impressive as the two are the first to do so in the prison’s 170-year history.
“[Prison escape] is a fantasy, it’s something that seems like it’s out of the movies,” said Maino. “It’s something we don’t usually see, we don’t usually encounter stuff like that. Out of the seventy prisons in New York State, that’s one of the most secure…You’re never really alone to be able to move around to get free.”
Former Sing Sing correctional officer, Ted Conover, pointed out that prisoners have the least amount of freedom behind bars at night because they’re locked away in their cell. While the night shift for any correctional officer is the easiest, obviously the one guarding the cell of Richard Matt and David Sweat, the two convicted murderers who escaped, dropped the ball.
“According to policy, the officer is to check the cell every couple of hours, less to see if somebody’s escaped because it’s never happened in Clinton,” Conover said.
Matt was convicted of three counts of murder, three counts of kidnapping and two counts of robbery after he beat a man to death in December 1997. He was given 25 years behind bars. Sweat is serving a life sentence for killing Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Tarsia in 2002.
Watch Maino explain life behind bars and how unlikely it is for someone to escape below.