Prison Employee Accused Of 'Prohibited Conduct' With Inmate

Prison Employee Accused Of 'Prohibited Conduct' With Inmate

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An employee of the same prison where Joyce Mitchell allegedly aided in the escape of two prisoners is accused of having "prohibited conduct" with an inmate.

State police say 38 year old Denise Prell of Peru, N.Y. was a civilian employee of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

Prell is charged with first-degree promoting prison contraband, 23 counts of official misconduct, and third-degree sexual abuse.

The investigation began after a prison guard said he observed "inappropriate behavior" between Prell and the inmate.

State police say they were called in after state corrections investigators found potential evidence of criminal conduct.

Prell was arraigned in Beekmantown town court and sent to Clinton County jail on $10,000 bail.

Clinton Correctional is the same prison where Mitchell helped Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from the maximum-security facility in 2015.

Mitchell was denied parole last month for her role in passing tools to the convicted killers.

The subsequent three-week manhunt ended with Matt shot dead and Sweat shot and captured near the Canadian border.

Patricia Arquette plays Mitchell in Showtime's "Escape at Dannemora," produced by Ben Stiller. Penelope Ann Miller starred as Mitchell in a Lifetime movie that aired in April.

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