It Cost NY More Than $1 Million Daily To Seek Escaped Convicts


Payroll records suggest the hunt for two escaped killers in New York state cost more than $1 million a day, with overtime for state troopers and corrections officers $22 million higher than last year. State comptroller records obtained by the Associated Press for June and July show that overtime totaled $41 million for the corrections department and $17.6 million for state police. That is roughly twice the amount spent for those months in 2014. Those two agencies led the 23-day manhunt by more than 1,100 officers for Richard Matt and David Sweat, who escaped June 6 from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora after cutting through the metal wall of their cells with hacksaw blades smuggled to them.

State forest rangers, federal authorities and Vermont police also joined the search, which ended with Matt shot dead on June 27 and Sweat wounded and caught two days later. Parts of the maximum-security prison, where the men also cut through a steam pipe in the basement, required repairs. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who visited the prison and viewed the escape route the day the two convicts vanished, had called it a crisis situation for the state with dangerous men on the loose.

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