Inmates at New York prison say they were beat after Sweat and Matt escaped

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Mug shot: Richard Matt and David Sweat

ALBANY, N.Y. (August 11, 2015) — A legal services group says inmates who knew the two men who escaped from a maximum-security prison in northern New York reported beatings by guards trying to determine where the pair went.

Attorney James Bogin at Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York says other inmates on that Clinton Correctional Facility honor block were later moved to other prisons, some into solitary confinement.

A 23-day manhunt by more than 1,100 law enforcement officers followed the escape of murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat.

Matt was fatally shot June 27 about 30 miles from the prison. Sweat was shot and recaptured nearby two days later.

The New York Times first reported prisoner accounts of beatings Tuesday.

A prison spokeswoman says the allegations are under investigation, and findings of misconduct or abuse will be punished.

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