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Charles A. Gardner

Biography

Charles A. Gardner

Charles A. Gardner is a municipal court judge and retired Corrections regional training lieutenant in Malone, New York, the far-upstate town where he was born and raised. His 25-year career in New York State Department of Corrections included working as a corrections officer, sergeant and lieutenant. He had experience working in medium and maximum-security facilities, including stints at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora and the maximum-security prisons of Sing-Sing, Bedford Hills, Great Meadow and Upstate. Gardner served on the Department of Corrections’ emergency response team (CERT), which played a critical role in the search for the 2015 prison escapees. He lives in the North Country.

Charles A. Gardner

Books by Charles A. Gardner

by Charles A. Gardner - Nonfiction, True Crime

In June 2015, two vicious convicted murderers broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, in New York’s North Country, launching the most extensive manhunt in state history. Aided by prison employee Joyce Mitchell, double murderer Richard Matt and cop-killer David Sweat slipped out of their cells. For three weeks, the residents of local communities were virtual prisoners in their own homes as law enforcement from across the nation swept the rural wilderness near the Canadian border. Charles A. Gardner --- a lifelong resident of the community and a former corrections officer who began his training at Clinton --- tells the whole story from an insider's point of view.