New Security Measures in Place at Prison After Escape

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -

A range of new security measures are being put in place at a maximum-security New York prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who escaped last month.

The state corrections department says Wednesday that searches of inmates’ cells will be stepped up, staffing will be changed to ensure bed checks are more effective and security gates will be installed in the facility’s tunnels.

It also announced that 30-year veteran Michael Kirkpatrick will be the new superintendent of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

The previous superintendent and 11 other staff were put on paid leave Tuesday after an internal review of how David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped June 6.

Matt was shot dead after a three-week manhunt. Sweat was shot and captured alive.