In the News: Clinton Correctional Facility

In breaking news last month, two fugitives escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in New York State. The escape conjures up images from the film The Shawshank Redemption, starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, after authorities confirmed that the prisoners were able to facilitate their escape using power tools to cut through the wall of their cell. How they obtained the tools is a mystery, but even more puzzling is how they were able to use them without detection.

Their absence was discovered on Saturday June 6th. The two convicts, Richard Matt and David Sweat, were on the run for 22 days before being caught on June 29th. Sweat was apprehended after he was spotted by Sgt. Jay Cook about 3:20 p.m. ET in the town of Constable, less than six miles from the Canadian border. Sweat was wounded during the arrest, but he is alive and has been taken into custody. Richard Matt was not as fortunate; he was captured a day earlier, but died from severe skull fractures and brain injuries, according to autopsy results released Sunday.

Clinton Correctional Facility

We are thankful for the efforts and persistence of law enforcement in this search. Many of us will rest more peacefully knowing that these two violent offenders are no longer on the loose. With the immediate threat behind us, we turn our interest to the details behind the breakout. Already two prison workers have been charged with assisting the escape.

Logistically, we cannot not help but wonder how the convicts were able to escape a maximum security prison, without triggering some form of alarm. This story has caused us to reflect on our own work in correction facilities, and explore how our systems operate to notify staff members of abnormal activity in this type of environment.

One recent installation in Ontario called for a replacement of the existing fire alarm system of the Warkworth Institution. The new system minimized the need for costly fire watch, and improved upon the existing system by updating the notification system and allowing for remote access.

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