In a unanimous 9-0 vote, the Sacramento city council approved a new measure that allots a $1.5 million payment to gang members as an incentive to stop killing other people.
Fox News reported that it is part of the California capitol’s “Advance Peace” program meant to tackle the violent crime spike around the city. With the money, council members hope to attract gang bangers to stay in school, graduate, and do their best to stay out of trouble.
In response to five people being shot at a park in a single day, Mayor Darrell Steinberg moved up the vote scheduled two weeks out in order to “get going on doing everything we can to save innocent lives.”
The money is specifically directed at 50 murder suspects who don’t have enough evidence against them to prove guilt. That works out to $30,000 per person to do what 99% of us do for free.
One supporter of the program said, “Fifty is a huge number. That's 50 shooters who have the possibility of taking a life. If we can reach those 50, how many lives have we changed?"
However, a friend of one of the men killed in the park isn’t quite convinced: "How's the vote going to change anything? It's up to the community to change. You know what I mean? It's just senseless.”
Though a similar program in Richmond, California, boasts some success, Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert doesn’t see the evidence.
“I support the gang prevention task force and the many evidence-based youth mentoring and intervention programs already in existence in the city of Sacramento,” she said. “I have serious concerns with a program that is apparently based upon the payment of money to high-risk individuals in exchange for a promise not to engage in violent criminal conduct. There is insufficient evidence-based data to show this approach is effective in preventing gun violence.”