David Sweat Moved To New Prison: No More ‘Honor Block’ For New York Prison Escapee
New York prison escapee David Sweat is back in prison after being released from Albany Medical Center on Sunday. Almost one month after Sweat and his now-deceased partner in crime, Richard Matt, escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, the convicted murderer is now locked up at the Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, New York.
According to CNN, Sweat spent the last week in the hospital after he was shot by a New York state trooper. Matt and Sweat spent three weeks on the run after escaping from prison on June 6, with hundreds of law enforcement involved in the massive manhunt.
Just days after Matt was shot and killed on June 26, Sweat was finally captured on June 28 — two days after Matt was shot and killed —when a state police officer shot him twice in the abdomen as he tried to flee.
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Originally listed in critical condition after his capture, he was quickly upgraded to “fair” by mid-week, and was well enough to leave the hospital on Sunday. According to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Sweat was transferred from the hospital to his new home at the Five Points Correctional Facility early in the morning on Sunday.
What’s in store for Sweat now that he is back serving his life sentence in a new prison? He will join 1,294 inmates at the 15-year-old New York prison, including serial killer Lemuel Smith. NBC reports that Sweat will spend his first 24 hours in the prison’s infirmary where he will be evaluated by medical personnel.
The Department of Corrections states that he will then be moved to a cell in the solitary confinement area of the prison, where he will spend 23 hours a day locked up — a big change from his days on the “honor block” at Clinton. Sweat will also be placed on suicide watch, a normal process for inmates who are put in solitary.
David Sweat was serving a life sentence for the 2002 murder of a sheriff’s deputy when he escaped from prison in June. He will continue to serve that sentence for the murder charge, with the addition of a new charge for his recent escape.
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