NY Prison Escape: Manhunt Cost the State $1 Million a Day, Records Show

The cost for the 23-day manhunt amounted to $23 million, records show.

— -- It took 23 days and $23 million for New York State Police and the state Department of Corrections to conclude the manhunt for two escaped killers, ABC News has learned.

In an interview with ABC News, State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico downplayed 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 now incarcerated at the maximum security Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, N.Y., and facing criminal charges over the escape.

ABC News' Josh Margolin contributed to this report.