ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York corrections officials say nine guards, officers and civilian employees at a prison in northern New York resigned or retired in lieu of other discipline after two murderers escaped last year.
Nine other staff agreed to discipline ranging from temporary suspensions, fines and lost benefits to probation.
The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says three employees remain suspended pending arbitration and another was demoted and reassigned.
Meanwhile, 19 got counseling and retraining on inmate counts and cell checks, which had failed to notice holes David Sweat and Richard Matt cut in their cell walls and Sweat’s frequent absences at night.
Two former prison staff who helped them get saw blades previously pleaded guilty to criminal charges.
After a three-week manhunt, Matt was fatally shot. Sweat was shot and captured.