(NEWSER) – A prison employee accused of helping two inmates escape now might end up being a convicted felon herself. Police today charged Joyce Mitchell, 51, with promoting prison contraband and criminal facilitation, reports CNN.

It's still not clear exactly how she might have helped—CNN describes it as "providing material assistance"—but authorities may sort that out at a later news conference.

Various reports have suggested she provided power tools or some other kind of equipment, let them use her phone, and even arranged to pick them up before backing out at the last minute


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