CRIME

Prison where inmates escaped started with lofty aims, became mired in brutality, violence

  • State forest ranger Dan Fox reviews a map with members of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision emergency response team before entering a wooded area in search of two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility on Monday, June 8, 2015, in Dannemora, N.Y. The two murderers who escaped from the prison by cutting through steel walls and pipes remain on the loose Monday as authorities investigate how the inmates obtained the power tools used in the breakout. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    State forest ranger Dan Fox reviews a map with members of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision emergency response team before entering a wooded area in search of two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility on Monday, June 8, 2015, in Dannemora, N.Y. The two murderers who escaped from the prison by cutting through steel walls and pipes remain on the loose Monday as authorities investigate how the inmates obtained the power tools used in the breakout. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE  - In this Oct. 6, 2011 file photo, inmates who are serving long-term or life sentences participate in a Lifer’s and Long-Termer’s Organization meeting at Clinton Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Dannemora, N.Y.  The prison where two convicted killers pulled off a “Shawshank Redemption”-style escape this weekend has a reputation for brutality.  A 2014 report by the Correctional Association of New York, an independent non-profit that inspects state prisons and report on conditions, found that Clinton Correctional Facility is a place where there is little oversight, guards regularly beat inmates, and racial tension festers between its prisoners and correction officers. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2011 file photo, inmates who are serving long-term or life sentences participate in a Lifer’s and Long-Termer’s Organization meeting at Clinton Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Dannemora, N.Y. The prison where two convicted killers pulled off a “Shawshank Redemption”-style escape this weekend has a reputation for brutality. A 2014 report by the Correctional Association of New York, an independent non-profit that inspects state prisons and report on conditions, found that Clinton Correctional Facility is a place where there is little oversight, guards regularly beat inmates, and racial tension festers between its prisoners and correction officers. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)  (The Associated Press)

The maximum-security prison where two convicted killers pulled off a "Shawshank Redemption"-style escape has a reputation for brutality.

A 2014 report by the Correctional Association of New York, an independent non-profit that inspects state prisons and report on conditions, found Clinton Correctional Facility is a place where there is little oversight, guards regularly beat inmates, and racial tension festers between prisoners and correction officers.

The report found that while 63 percent of inmates statewide are locked up for violent crimes, at Clinton, that figure is about 90 percent. Inmates there report among the highest rates of inmate-on-inmate fights in all state prisons, driven by gang feuds and drug disputes.

Notable past inmates include mobster Charles "Lucky" Luciano and rappers Tupac Shakur, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Shyne.