Monday, June 8, 2015

Paying the Danegeld...

I'm sorry. This is the stupidest f**king thing I think I've ever heard. Naturally, it's from MA.

Pay criminals not to commit crimes? Tito Jackson would pay violent offenders to change ways
The gunplay in City Councilor Tito Jackson’s Roxbury neighborhood has kept him up nights searching for an answer to stop the violence. He found one, he says, in Richmond, Calif.

The small San Francisco Bay Area city pays violent young adults a stipend of between $300 and $1,000 per month for up to nine months to abandon a life of crime. It’s working, he says. Crime is down in Richmond.

Jackson says he wants to see if a similar pay-to-behave program can take root on the Hub’s 300 most violent troublemakers. He’s pitching his “disruptive” plan to the City Council. Something needs to be done, he told the Herald’s Joe Dwinell, to protect city kids:
Up to $1,000 a month simply for not committing crimes. Yeah, what could POSSIBLY go wrong with the plan to REWARD hoodlums for not acting like hoodlums? Has anyone thought this through, even in the least? Do the hoods have to give the money back if they revert?

They point to the cost of incarceration and police overtime as justification for this program, claiming that the cost of paying one of these hoodlums is far less than the cost of keeping them in jail. $12K (one year at $1,000 a month) is far less than the $53K it costs to keep a person in jail, that's the logic.

Except that presumes that no one will step up to commit the crimes that these hoodlums are allegedly no longer committing. It flies in the face of human nature that Hood B will see [former] Hood A out of jail, getting a fat grand a month for not committing crimes, and think anything other than "How can I get in on that sweet deal?"

Reward criminals for temporarily refraining from committing crimes. That's what passes for "leadership" in Massachusetts, folks. I guess it's a step up - I mean, he didn't call for gun control at the same time. I'm sure all those hoodlums are committing their crimes with legally-owned firearms all from the Approved Firearms Roster have their unrestricted Class A LTCs, right?

So, what's next on the Stupid Idea Express? 

That is all.

10 comments:

Bear said...

Nothing new there. I recall folks defending "Welfare" as "giving them enough money that they won't steal" back in the '70s; from blacks and whites.

Anonymous said...

MA? Richmond is right next to Oakland California.
Alameda county is the most far left spot in a leftist state. This is exactly what I would expect from that neighborhood.

Ted said...

...... So only the top 300 qualify for payment .... And I'm assuming that the difference in payments. Is based on the length of thier sheets .

All this assumes that the local LEO's are 100 percent efficient. And that the head bad guys have the longest sheets. .... And that number 310 doesn't get pissed when he's not bad enough to get paid for being good.


....... And I guess we are just supposed to believe them when they claim that they have been good because , after all they have proven to be honorable pirates .

Stretch said...

I know how we can solve the problem for about 53 cents each.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

"And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we've proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane."

-Rudyard Kipling, Dane-Geld

Jon said...

Can I get in on that action? I figure I'm owed some back pay after almost forty adult years of law-abiding.

Ted said...

Wait.... This sounds familiar....

Paying someone to not do bad things????

Just a moment councilor....

Ah Yes ...here it is.

Will the Sargent at Arms please place the councilor under arrest.

The charge is extortion.

Old NFO said...

Yep, $.53 up to $1.23 apiece and it's done and done... :-)

TS said...

Let me get this straight. If you're an average hoodlum, you now have an incentive to make the top-300 list.

Aaron said...

I'm surprised he didn't go full turnip and suggest the danegeld come from fees assessed on law abiding gun owners . . .