David Sweat released from hospital, back in prison

Richard Matt, left, and David Sweat escaped the Clinton Correctional Facility, about 100 kilometers southeast of Cornwall, Ont., on Saturday June 6, 2015. Matt was shot and killed by authorities while Sweat was captured near the Canadian border. (Photo/New York State Police/Handout)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Escaped prisoner David Sweat has been released from hospital and is being held at a maximum-security prison.

But it’s not in Dannemora, N.Y., where he escaped last month along with Richard Matt, prompting a nearly month-long manhunt involving thousands of law enforcement officers in Upstate New York.

Matt was shot and killed by an elite border patrol team in Duane while Sweat was shot while trying to flee a New York State Police officer less than two miles (3.2 kilometers) from the Canadian border, near Constable.

Sweat was being treated at the Albany Medical Center for two gunshot wounds to his torso.

He has been moved to the Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, New York (100 kilometers southeast of Rochester).

In a statement to CBS News, prison officials said Sweat is in the prison infirmary and will be evaluated before being transferred to a single cell in the “23-hour confinement unit.”

Sweat is also under a suicide watch.

Meanwhile in Dannemora, a dozen prison officials have been place on paid administrative leave, including the prison superintendent, pending an investigation.

Two workers – Gene Palmer and Joyce Mitchell – were arrested and are facing charges of promoting prison contraband.

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