Former prison workerJoyce Mitchell is doing the best she can to cope with her new life behind bars, her lawyer tells PEOPLE.
“She seems to be doing alright,” her attorney, Stephen Johnston, tells PEOPLE.
“From what I can ascertain she is being treated fairly at the Rensselaer County Correctional Facility.”
She is also relying on her faith to help her deal with her recent arrest for allegedly helping two cold-blooded killers escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York – and her uncertain future, he says.
“She tells me that she spends much of her time reading the bible and praying,” says Johnston.
Mitchell, 51, a training supervisor at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, was arrested on June 12 and charged with helping convicted murderers Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 35, escape from the maximum-security prison on June 6. She remains in Rensselaer County Jail on a $200,000 bond.
She has been charged with promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a class D felony, and criminal facilitation in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor. She has plead not guilty to aiding the convicts in their escape.
Johnston told PEOPLE last week that his client “is under enormous pressure.”
On Wednesday, a second prison worker was arrested in connection with the daring escape.
Gene Palmer, a longtime corrections officer at the prison, was arrested and charged with allegedly smuggling hacksaw blades to Matt and Sweat inside frozen hamburger meat, say authorities.
The 57-year-old was charged with promoting prison contraband, tampering with physical evidence and official misconduct, according to charging documents obtained by PEOPLE. In the documents, Palmer says he did not intentionally help the prisoners escape.
The documents show that Palmer destroyed “a number of paintings he received from Matt and David Sweat by burning them in a fire pit at his residence.”
Palmer was released at 12:30 a.m. on Thursday after using a credit card to post his $25,000 bail, the Associated Press reports. He has yet to enter a plea.
On Wednesday, Mitchell learned that her co-worker had been arrested.
“She questioned me as to why her bail is so high as compared with the $25,000 cash and $50,000 bond set in his case and we discussed that,” says Johnston.
While Mitchell remains in jail awaiting her next court appearance, New York State Police continue the search for the escapees.
Search efforts have been focused in Franklin County, primarily in the town of Bellmont, and near the town of Malone, police said in a press release.
On Thursday, law enforcement officers continued to comb recreational trails in the region, inspect seasonal camps, and conduct ground searches of forested areas, the release states.
The investigation of the escape to this point has yielded more than 2,400 leads. New York State Police have dozens of investigators working behind the scenes to gather information on each lead.
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