Court appearance for woman accused in escape

Prison worker accused of helping inmates escape (Photo/NBC News)

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — A prison tailoring shop instructor accused of helping two killers escape from an upstate New York prison is due in court Monday morning.

Prosecutors say Joyce Mitchell had agreed to be the getaway driver, but she backed out.

Richard Matt and David Sweat used tools to break their way out of the Clinton Correctional Facility near the Canadian border more than a week ago.

They’re still on the run. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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