Well! The two convicted killers who engineered that New York state prison break are still on the lam, but there's one person back behind bars: 51-year-old Joyce Mitchell, the "industrial training supervisor" who, according to prosecutors, supplied two-time murderer Richard Matt, 48, and cop-killer David Sweatt, 34, with assorted hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch, and a screwdriver bit that enabled the pair to chop their way through the heating system of the maximum-security Clinton State Correctional Facility and breathe the air of freedom sometime around June 6. Mitchell, arraigned on felony charges of promoting prison contraband, is currently in custody after pleading not guilty to the charges.

Isn't it time for someone to ask: Is it really a good idea for women to be working in men't prisons?

Mitchell, whose nickname was "Tillie" was a trained seamstress who supervised Matt and Sweatt sewing uniforms for Clinton employees in the prison tailor shop, where the two murderers worked as perks for several years of good behavior behind bars (another perk: they got to wear blue jeans instead of prison orange–which probably helped them with their escape). According to sources reported by the New York Post, Matt, who was a smooth-talking ladies' man sporting saturnine looks and an alluring set of steel front teeth, apparently got something going with Mitchell.

We don't know whether Matt actually tupped Tillie, but the source said "she thought there was something more between them." Sources also say there were plans–never realized–for Mitchell to drive a getaway car for the two escapees and even for the trio to kill Mitchell's husband, Lyle Mitchell, who also worked as a supervisor at Clinton.

It was The Shawshank Redemption crossed with The Postman Always Rings Twice.

This is hardly the first time–in fact, it's about the zillionth time–that romance has blossomed between male inmates and the female employees whom prison authorities feel compelled by civil-rights laws to hire. In March thirteen female guards were indicted for aiding and abetting the Black Guerrilla Family run a drug enterprise out of Baltimore city jails. The guards allegedly smuggled drugs, cellphones, and prescription drugs into the prison. One of the kingpins allegedly used proceeds from drug sale to buy a Mercedes-Benz and other luxury cars that he allowed the female correctional officers to drive. Four of the guards allegedly got pregnant by one of the inmates, and two of those baby mamas got themselves tattooed with his name. And in February 13 a female jail guard in New York City revealed that she was pregnant by the convicted killer of two New York City police detectives.

It's well-known fact that women love bad boys, and there's hardly a boy who's badder than one with a rap sheet. Indeed, a 2007 report by the Justice Department found that 58 percent of instances of sexual misconduct in prison were "perpetrated" by female custodial personnel. The department automatically regards the guard as the aggressor in a sexual incident, because of the supposed power imbalance between her and the inmate–but it's more likely that most were actually the irrestible product of the prisoner's beseeching eyes, weight-room musculature, and strategic steel-teeth-displaying smiles.

But no one ever says that there was a reason why, until the passage of the 1964 equal-employment act, jails and prisons for men didn't hire women. Indeed the practice now in the media is to blame anything–overcrowded prisons, unsympathetic male supervisors–except obvious male-female psychology for the trysts that inevitably take place when women roam male cellblocks. Slate's Justin Peters wrote in 2014:

It’s that prisons are terrible places that are often overcrowded and poorly managed, in which the strong will prey on the weak if they are allowed to do so. And that’s unlikely to change no matter who’s on guard.