Dozens of Cities Want to Pay Criminals $1000 Per Month to Not Kill

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For over a year, the city of Richmond, California has been conducting a rather controversial experiment. The city’s Office of Neighborhood Safety has been looking for teenagers and young adults who have the highest risk of being involved in violent crimes. Then they just pay them to not commit crimes.

Usually they receive between $300 and $1000 a month for 18 months if they stay out of trouble. They have to take on an ex-convict mentor, and if they follow through on goals like getting a GED and or job training, they receive more money. Since the murder rate in Richmond has fallen in recent years (for a variety of reasons) other cities are starting to consider the program.

Miami, Toledo, and Baltimore are among dozens of cities that are trying to decide if they should replicate the program. Washington DC is the closest to giving it a try. Earlier this month their city council unanimously approved the idea, and they believe that it is the best response to the wave of violence that hit their city (and many others) last year. The city is going to move money out of other law enforcement programs to pay for it.

Regardless of whether or not it is successful, one must wonder if it would be wise to replicate this program on a wider scale. Paying criminals to not commit crimes is certainly counter-intuitive, and sounds like it would be vulnerable to abuse from savvy criminals. After all, the Romans were known to pay off their barbarian neighbors, and that worked pretty well. For a while anyway.

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  • Ahh but now the question is, will they kill for a raise?

  • NonYo Business

    lol, sign me up. I pinky swear… 😉

  • SP_88

    Another ridiculous idea from some idiot who wants to spend as much of the taxpayers money as possible on the most wasteful shit.
    What they should do is pay someone half that to find these degenerate criminals and smash their kneecaps if they do commit a violent crime. And then throw them in jail.

    • That prison could have one hell of a murder ball team.

    • csbubba

      No JUST KNEECAP THEM and then walk away.

      Done, over

  • CharlesH

    I’m not a criminal but you can give me $1,000 a month not to kill someone. Did you have anyone in mind that you didn’t want killed?

  • disqus_LATgE14cG2

    Do I get $1000 for each one that I don’t kill? I have a list of potential victims.

  • breakawaymotorsports .

    Too stupid to be stupid. Who says crime doesn’t pay? Now even the possibility of crime pays. What idiot thinks this crap up?? Oh yea..the established govt. Time to flush them all.

  • kirkpatrick

    Anyone who signs up should be paid a bullet to the temple.

  • James Michael

    Already pay cops tens of thousands but they murder and treason anyway…..Fire all the traitors with badges will eliminate 80% of the breaches of the peace and crimes THEY escalate to violence…..

  • Frank

    This is really no different than all the welfare schemes that have been going on for the last century. Welfare is nothing more than bribing the underclass so they won’t burn down the cities. But one look at Detroit, MI or Gary, IN tells you how well that’s working. This won’t be any different.

  • Give me a thousand a head and I’ll kill them. You’ll gain money back and the murder rate will go down,

    I mean since we talking stupid shit.

  • Phelony Jones

    Who do I have to kill to get that deal?