It costs more than $1 million dollars a day for the New York State police and the State Department of Corrections to end the 23-day manhunt for Richard Matt and David Sweat. Plus, addition monies were lost.

Hunt For Escaped NY Killers Cost State More Than $1 Million A Day

On June 6, the inmates escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Matt was shot and killed June 27. Sweat was shot and captured June 29. In an interview with ABC News, State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico briefly elaborated on the cost.


“I know it was a substantial amount of money,” D’Amico said. “If we lost one life of an innocent victim, what’s the price tag you put on that? I don’t know that you could put a price tag on the safety of a person or a person’s life.”

Sweat is currently incarcerated at the maximum security Five Points correctional facility in Romulus, NY and will face additional charges for the escape.

More than 1,000 police officers were on duty searching for the escaped prisoners. The pricetag includes only the costs associated with police and corrections employees. Several other agencies, including the New York State Forest Rangers, the Vermont State Police, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection were providing supplemental assistance.

It was also noted overtime costs were $41 million for the corrections department and $17.6 million for state police.

Hunt For Escaped NY Killers Cost State More Than $1 Million A Day