Prison chief, 11 others put on leave after escapes

William Dreyer
William Dreyer, attorney for Suspended Clinton Correctional Facility corrections officer Gene Palmer, leaves Plattsburgh Town Court after waving waiving his clients' preliminary hearing Monday, June 29, 2015, in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Palmer faces charges of promoting prison contraband, tampering with physical evidence and official misconduct in connection with the escape of convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat. (Gabe Dickens/The Press-Republican via AP)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say 12 more staffers at the New York prison where two killers escaped three weeks ago have been put on administrative leave — including the prison’s superintendent and his deputy in charge of security.

An official with knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press that Clinton Correctional Facility Superintendent Steven Racette and Deputy Superintendent Stephen Brown are among those on leave. The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says it’s part of the ongoing review of the June 6 escape by convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat. Matt was killed and Sweat wounded and captured.

The department didn’t identify the suspended staff. Assistant Commissioner James O’Gorman will oversee the facility temporarily.

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