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The Latest on prison escape: NY prison worker arrested

 DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP)-- A worker at an upstate New York maximum-security prison has been arrested on charges she helped two convicted killers escape.

State police say Joyce Mitchell will be arraigned on charges of promoting prison contraband and criminal facilitation. Promoting prison contraband is a felony, criminal facilitation is a misdemeanor.

Mitchell is accused of befriending inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora and giving them contraband.

District Attorney Andrew Wylie said earlier the contraband didn't include power tools used by the men as they cut holes in their cell walls and a steam pipe to escape through a manhole last weekend.

Law enforcement officers continue to search for the escapees, concentrating Friday in a rural area near the prison.

Mitchell's family has said she wouldn't have helped the convicts break out.

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