D.C. approves program to pay people not to be criminals

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For the can’t-make-this-up file, Washington D.C. lawmakers unanimously approved a bill that would start a pilot program to pay residents not to commit crimes.


WASHINGTON — 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 unanimously approved a bill Tuesday 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.
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.
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.
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.


DC passes bill to pay people stipends not to commit crimes | FOX 61

We pay people not to work, guess it stands to reason politicians would pay them not to commit crime. What happens when they decide to strike? And demand more money?
 

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It saves money, apparently. Why would anyone be against saving money and reducing crime?
 
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So.

Now, the taxpayer gets to pay money to fellow citizens so that they will NOT commit a crime.....

Can I get some money if I promise not to cheat on my taxes?
 
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So.

Now, the taxpayer gets to pay money to fellow citizens so that they will NOT commit a crime.....

Can I get some money if I promise not to cheat on my taxes?
No complaining. Now where's the money that your government demands?

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Liberals will always side with criminals. They are unwilling to demand that people obey the law and refrain from committing crimes.
I wonder if Employers will receive a Government "Bonus" for adhering to hiring and safety regulations?
 
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I wonder if Employers will receive a Government "Bonus" for adhering to hiring and safety regulations?
For not hiring criminals. Not likely.

Programs like these are not that much different than having to pay protection money to thugs to NOT rob your business or damage your property. Just because it is the government doing it, doesn't make it right or better. Worse in fact.

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