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| Sat Sep 04 05:47:52|
This could also be a model for Afghanistan and the whole world.
San Francisco will pay would-be criminals to not shoot people
September 3, 2021
San Francisco will soon pay some potential criminals $300-a-month not to shoot people.
The city’s Dream Keeper Fellowship will give monthly gift cards to 10 people deemed to be at high risk of gun crime if they refrain from taking part in the city’s alarming surge in shootings, officials told the San Francisco Examiner.
As well as $300 for staying out of trouble, those in the pilot program can make an extra $200 if they meet other benchmarks, such as attending parole appointments and finding a job.
The pilot — which starts in October and plans to expand to around 75 people a year — is part of the mayor’s two-year initiative to invest $120 million in the city’s black community.
It will be funded with taxpayers’ money, as well as private donations and a possible federal grant, according to KGO.
The program was inspired by one run in neighboring Richmond, California, in 2016 that studies have said reduced gun crime by up to 70 percent, officials told the local station.
But it had also faced serious controversy — with a 22-year-old member, Dawaun Rice, getting sentenced 40 years to life after admitting murdering two people, including a 17-year-old boy, in two separate shootings while in the program, The Mercury News reported at the time.
Yolanda Ficklin-Prothro, the grieving mother of one Rice’s victims, blamed the program organizers for her 29-year old son Javonte Prothro’s death.
“You didn’t take their guns. You were giving them money to buy more guns,” the mom said in a 2016 interview with KGO.
Sheryl Davis, the Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, told the station that “there’s definitely something that we want to learn from that program” in Richmond.
“And there are things that we don’t want to repeat,” she stressed, without elaborating how they could avoid a repeat scandal with one of the members of the new program.
Meanwhile, Rev. Eugene Rivers III, a founder of the Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies, ripped San Francisco’s decision to implement the offbeat program as a “policy gimmick” that is a “terrible idea.”
“You do not get young people — for real for real — to turn from crime by generating gimmicks,” he told “Fox and Friends” Thursday, comparing it to gun buy-back schemes.
“For many young people, it will be Christmas in … October,” he said, saying those involved will “make it a lucrative hustle, and we will not reduce crime.”
On the other hand, David Muhammad, executive director of the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform, told the Examiner that he is confident the program could halve gang violence in the city — but admits it is a hard sell.
“What we are talking about is saying we are going to invest resources in this 25-year-old who has eight previous arrests, who is on parole, who is a proud member of a neighborhood clique and who is not even seeking services,” Muhammad told the local paper.
“It’s just not a popular decision to make and may not be politically palatable, but that’s what you have to do in order to reduce gun violence,” he insisted of the program critics have dismissed as “cash for criminals.”
Participants will be interviewed to make sure they are ready to turn their lives around, and will be deemed “community ambassadors” helping to spread an anti-gun violence message, Davis told Newsweek.
“It’s not necessarily as cut and dry as folks may think. It’s not as transactional as, ‘Here’s a few dollars so that you don’t do something bad,'” she insisted.
“It really is about how you help us improve public safety in the neighborhood,” she said, saying it aims to get to the “root causes” of violence, “which in so many ways are economic.”
San Francisco Mayor London Breed insisted to KPIX that the program was not simply handing cash to criminals.
“We’re looking at ways in which we can provide incentives,” she said.
“Incentives to keep them motivated, to keep them searching for a better opportunity is what this program is about.
“The data shows that when you provide people with opportunities, that could change somebody’s life,” the mayor said.
| Sat Sep 04 08:27:00|
I'm probably eligible, I fit the description.
| Sat Sep 04 09:15:55|
lol @ this stupid program. :o)
| Sat Sep 04 11:40:47|
"is part of the mayor’s two-year initiative to invest $120 million in the city’s black community."
| Sat Sep 04 12:24:27|
I also want $300 for not killing someone.
| Sat Sep 04 12:58:56|
The people in places 11-1000 are going to become more violent in order to qualify for the $300 credit.
| Sat Sep 04 13:56:28|
A UBI would be less damaging.
| Sat Sep 04 15:01:52|
I absolutely love how "investing in the black community" ended up turning into "bribe them to not kill each other."
| Sat Sep 04 17:48:46|
NYC was suppose to have started a similar program but it was delayed. A few other cities have also done this. Fort Worth Texas is one of them and that surprises me a bit.
A couple of the cities have stated they have seen a reduction in gun violence sense the programs started but in one there was some definite cherry picking of data and in one city while homicides with guns was down some total number wasn't changed significantly. The drop in gun violence could have been caused by something unrelated to the money for not shooting people program. THey also did a gun buy-back program and did some other stuff.
Personally I think it is a waste of money.
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