San Francisco Is Going To Pay People $300 A Month Not To Shoot Others

San Francisco will soon launch a bizarre program that will pay people for not shooting others. 

Various reports said under the so-called “Dream Keeper Fellowship,” San Francisco will pay people $300 a month if they don’t shoot someone as part of efforts to stem the increasing violent crime rate in the Democratic city.

“[Dream Keeper Fellowship] will pay 10 individuals who are at high risk of being on either end of a shooting $300 each month to not be involved in such crimes,” Fox News said.

The program will also cover those at high risk of being shot, although it’s unclear how these individuals will be selected. 

The program is scheduled to launch in October.

Newsweek  reported last week that according to Sheryl Davis, executive director of the Human Rights Commission, the program is not “transactional” as it appears.

“It’s not necessarily as cut and dry as folks may think. It’s not as transactional as, ‘Here’s a few dollars so that you don’t do something bad,’ but it really is about how you help us improve public safety in the neighborhood,” Davis told the publication.

“Participants will be paired with life coaches from the city’s Street Violence Intervention Program and will be considered ‘community ambassadors’ who work to prevent violence. They will work on their professional, personal, and community development and will be thought of as ‘partners’ in engaging community members and decreasing violence,” Newsweek has said.

Davis said then that the “Dream Keeper Fellowship” seeks to find the “root causes” of violence, which she said in “so many ways are economic.”

San Francisco Mayor London Breed parroted the same sentiment saying that violent crimes are driven by economic difficulties.

“In many cases, sadly, the common denominator is that these folks do not have any sort of income. And so part of what we’re trying to do is make sure that money is not a barrier to turning your life around,” Breed said, as reported by The Telegraph.

According to Newsweek, the San Francisco program is modeled on a similar one that helped cut gun homicide by 55% in Richmond, California, according to the American Journal of Public Health. That assertion is so strange that even Mother Jones, a left-wing publication, questioned if paying individuals not to kill other people truly decreased crime or if the city simply just got lucky.

David Freddoso of The Washington Examiner also cited a similar program tried in Sacramento, “where its promoters boast that ‘only’ 44% of participants were subsequently arrested on new charges — well, as long as you don’t count about one-third of the participants who dropped out or were arrested in its first six months.”

Another critic of the said program, activist and reverend Eugene Rivers, called it nothing but a  “gimmick.”

“You do not get young people to turn from crime by generating gimmicks. This is a policy gimmick,” Rivers said on Fox News. “It’s a bad idea, it’s not a new idea and for many people it’ll be Christmas in September or October.”

Steeve Strange

Steeve is the CEO & Co-Founder of The Scoop.

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