NEW YORK CITY -- A New York prison escape that captivated the nation for weeks apparently created a "campaign of retribution" for the inmates at the Clinton Correctional Facility. Richard Matt and David Sweat were on the run for nearly three weeks before a federal agent shot and killed Matt.
Sweat was re-captured.
But now, a New York Times investigation says inmates claim they were tortured by guards trying to get information on how the fugitives got free. Sixty inmates have filed complaints with Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York saying they were beaten choked and put into solitary confinement.
One prisoner told the Times a prison guard tied a plastic bag around his neck and tightened it until he passed out. Another claimed he was threatened with waterboarding.
The NY State Department of Corrections has released a statement saying, “Any findings of misconduct or abuse against inmates will be punished to the full extent of the law”.
Ironically, it is prison employees, not the inmates, who have been implicated in helping the inmates escape. Nine officers have been suspended, one has been charged and a female supervisor confessed she had agreed to be the getaway driver but got cold feet.
There's more drama going on inside this place than in Shawshank Redemption.