News Get Paid to NOT Commit Crimes

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    Because it's too hard to just behave.


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    DC BILL WOULD PAY PEOPLE STIPENDS NOT TO COMMIT CRIMES
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- They say crime doesn't pay, but that might not be entirely true in the District of Columbia as lawmakers look for ways to discourage people from becoming repeat offenders.

    The D.C. Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bill that includes a proposal to pay residents a stipend not to commit crimes. It's based on a program in Richmond, California, that advocates say has contributed to deep reductions in crime there.

    Under the bill, city officials would identify up to 200 people a year who are considered at risk of either committing or becoming victims of violent crime. Those people would be directed to participate in behavioral therapy and other programs. If they fulfill those obligations and stay out of trouble, they would be paid.

    The bill doesn't specify the value of the stipends, but participants in the California program receive up to $9,000 per year.

    Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, a Democrat who wrote the legislation, said it was part of a comprehensive approach to reducing violent crime in the city, which experienced a 54 percent increase in homicides last year. Homicides and violent crime are still down significantly since the 2000s, and even more so since the early 1990s when the District was dubbed the nation's "murder capital."

    McDuffie argued that spending $9,000 a year in stipends "pales in comparison" to the cost of someone being victimized, along with the costs of incarcerating the offender.

    "I want to prevent violent crime - particularly gun violence - by addressing the root causes and creating opportunities for people, particularly those individuals who are at the highest risks of offending," McDuffie, a former prosecutor, said in a letter to constituents last week.

    Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser has not committed to funding the program, which would cost $4.9 million over four years, including $460,000 a year in stipend payments, according to the District's independent chief financial officer. Without the mayor's support, it would be up to the Council to find money for it through new taxes or cuts to existing programs.

    The program would be run independently of the police department, and participants would remain anonymous. Its goal would be to recruit people who are at risk of violence but don't have criminal cases pending.

    In Richmond, 79 percent of "fellows" participating in the program have not been suspected of involvement in any gun crimes since joining the program, and 84 percent have not been injured by gunfire, the program's executive director, DeVone Boggan, said in a report to the Council.

    Richmond experienced a 77 percent drop in homicides between 2007, when the program was launched, and 2014, although how much can be specifically attributed to the stipends is unclear.

    The proposal in Washington has generated scant debate as lawmakers have focused on other crime-fighting tools included in the bill. Longtime civic activist Dorothy Brizill was the only person to testify against the stipend program at a lengthy hearing last fall, saying it would waste taxpayer dollars.

    "These incentive programs don't work," Brizill said Tuesday.

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    Why not just spend a few pennies on a bullet...
     
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    They do this in Richmond California. Has had many positive effects.
     
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    Fact is, our current methods of crime prevention are failing. In my state, it costs $35k to house a prisoner for a year. For that kind of money, you can pay someone to follow someone around to keep them out of trouble and save on court costs and having to pay public defenders. You can also have fewer police. We need to think outside the box, and if the dead money being spent can be spent instead in a proactive way, then I'm for it. I'd rather spend money up front and make at-risk people turn instead into productive citizens who pay taxes rather than consume them.
     
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    They need to go back to the old Cool Hand Luke days in prison for people who keep coming back.
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    Well I hope they find funds other than my tax money.
     
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    How do you only pick 200 out of such a pool of candidares?
     
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    How about just paying to sterilize the dipshits that keep creating future criminals??
     
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    How much you make off it so far?
     
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    Things are slightly different in Richmond.

    Richmond Police Chief, Chris Magnus holds Black Lives Matter sign.

     
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    So who pays for this? The politicians? Nope. The tax payers do. So basically, the working people of DC now have to pay people not to steal their stuff? And when I say people, we all know which people we are talking about. :secret:
     
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    Fuck this. Make public hangings a punishment again. Outside the box :rolleyes:. What happens when they want more and more and more.

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    ...i lived in richmond 20 years ago and it was a tough town then.
     
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    Can you imagine the competition to see who the 'badest" they'll take pride in being selected. Kinda like a athletic scholarship. This is wacky whack. This should never happen in the USA, maybe gay-ass Sweden or something.
    Pay people to follow the rules?
     
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