Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Since the Feds Pay Farmers Not to Grow Crops,
The District of Columbia's Going to Pay Criminals Not to Commit Crimes

No, that's not a joke.
Avoid criminal activity for a chance to earn $9,000?

It’s a choice that some Washington residents may be able to make if lawmakers approve new legislation aimed at changing the city’s approach to crime prevention.

Under the proposal, modeled on a similar effort in Richmond, Calif., a new office would be created to identify individuals “who pose a high risk of participating in, or being a victim of, violent criminal activity.”

The legislation seeks funding to cover stipends for about 50 individuals a year, who would be paid to follow a program “involving life planning, trauma informed therapy, and mentorship.”
I'm not sure how that would help potential victims directly-- they're going to pay people not to be victims?

On the one hand, if the program worked, it would be a hell of a lot cheaper than locking people up. It might encourage some of the bad guys to stop being criminals.

On the other hand, the idea that government's going to pay criminals not to commit crimes doesn't sit very well. And since the District of Columbia's government is overseen, to some degree, by Congress, I expect that this program's going to die an early death (unless they can do it 100% with outside funding).

3 comments:

Deadstick said...

No problem. Trump will make Mexico pay for it.

CenterPuke88 said...

I've seen some details on this type of program, and it actually has a remarkably high success rate. And let's face it, it's cheaper than jail.

Joe said...

When the government bailed out the fraudsters and thieves on Wall Street, they didn't think to extract a promise not to commit any more crimes. So really, they've gotten tougher.

Now that I think of it, it would have been awesome to make Jamie Dimon take a road trip in a '91 Civic with a single mother and her two children while she tries to find a job.