Paying People Not to Shoot Others: ‘Cash for Criminals’ Program


Paying high-risk individuals to not shoot anyone as gun crimes tick up in the Northern city in a West Coast State is a rolling out a pilot program.

Paying People is An Incentive to Better Human Beings

“In fact, these small investments can transform the lives of individuals, and also, but they can really also turn around communities,” Sheryl Davis. Davis is the executive director of the Human rights Commission said.

Ten individuals will be paying by the Dream Keeper Fellowship who are at high risk. That is being on either end of a shooting $300 each month to not be involving in those crimes.

Paying People: Dream Keeper Fellowship

The Human Rights Commission and Office of Economic and Workforce Development are rolling out the fellowship. Moreover, it is being funding through the Dream Keeper Initiative. That is the San Francisco program which is working to redirect and move the funding into the Black community. The Fellowship will launch in October.

“As cut and dry as folks may think, it’s not necessarily that. In fact, it is not as transactional as say, “Here are a few dollars so that you don’t do something bad,’ but it’s really about how you can help us improve public safety in the neighborhood,” David did add.

Street Violence Intervention Program

In fact, the participants in this program are going to be pairing with life coaches. They will come from the city’s Street Violence Intervention Program. Also service as “community ambassadors.” Moreover, they are also eligible to receive an additional $200 per month through ways such as, working, going to school or being a mediator in probable violent situations.

Reducing Violence in San Francisco

Speaking approvingly of the idea is Mayor London Breed. She said that could cut down the violence in the city.

“In fact, my desire is to get to them, not to just make an arrest, but to get to them. Then, try and figure out if they would be willing to work with us on something that is an alternative,” Breed said at a Violence Prevention Summit hosted by the Human Rights Commission. This was in August. “We can’t just put them in a program without making sure that they have money. Also without making sure that they have something to take care of themselves.”

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