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.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?
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:
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.