Who Gets GA Escapee Reward Money? It’s Complicated

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Who gets the $141,000 reward offered for the apprehension of two Georgia prison inmates accused of killing two prison officers during their escape last week? The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is sorting it out, reports the New York Times. The money was offered during a manhunt for Donnie R. Rowe and Ricky Dubose, who were arrested last week in Tennessee after surrendering to a citizen whose car resembled a police cruiser. Because the escapees surrendered, Sheriff Howard Sills of Putnam County, Ga., initially said the reward would not be paid. But a spokeswoman for the sheriff said her boss was now “confident” the money would eventually be awarded.

It is not unusual for law enforcement to offer a reward in high-profile cases. But figuring out who will get paid and how much can be complicated. The Times looks back at the 2013 manhunt for Christopher Dorner, who was accused of killing three people, including a police officer, as a case study in just how complicated reward decisions can get. More than two dozen public agencies and private donors funded a $1 million reward in the case. Twelve people filed claims for the reward, and a panel of former judges arbitrated the process.

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