David Sweat, the surviving New York prison escapee who was re-captured on June 28, was transferred from a hospital to a prison on Sunday. The man was shot and captured after a three-week long search by authorities. He has been placed in a cell, where he will remain alone for 23 hours per day. He has also been put on suicide watch. The new facility where he is being housed is approximately 250 miles from the prison from which he escaped.
The 35-year-old inmate and his 49-year-old fellow inmate, Richard Matt, escaped Clinton Correctional Facility, a maximum security facility, on June 6. Both of the men are convicted murderers, and they lived in a special area of the prison reserved for well-behaved inmates. The men cut holes through the walls of their prison cells, and eventually made their way through a steam pipe and popped out of a manhole in a nearby neighborhood.
Received Help from the Inside
Two prison workers allegedly helped the men escape. The workers have been accused of smuggling a screwdriver bit and hacksaw blades to the escapees.
On June 26, Sweat's accomplice was fatally shot by a federal officer. Later, on June 28, Sweat was located and shot two times in his torso while agents captured him close to the Canadian border.
Sweat's New Prison Cell Is Stark
Sweat's current prison cell features nothing more than a bed, toilet, sink, shower and writing platform. The facility has been in operation since 2000 and it houses 1,294 individuals. At the previous prison, Sweat and Matt were permitted to cook their meals, wear street clothing, and have a certain amount of free movement inside the facility. They were also given more phone and TV privileges and yard access than other prisoners.
Sweat will now face the criminal charge of first-degree escape. However, he is already serving a sentence of life without parole as a result of his previous murder conviction.
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