Manhunt for escaped New York prisoners cost more than $1 million per day
ALBANY, N.Y. — Payroll records suggest the hunt for two escaped killers in northern New York cost more than $1 million a day, with overtime alone for state troopers and corrections officers reaching $22 million higher than last year.
State comptroller records obtained Friday 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’s 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 their way through the metal wall of their cells with hacksaw blades smuggled to them. Read more…