More than 120 people have been shot in San Francisco this year; the Golden City is seeing a spike in violent crimes. But city officials think they have a way to stop the shooters: give them $300.
“The 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,” reports Fox News.
“Participants of the program will be paired with life coaches from the city’s Street Violence Intervention Program and will serve as “community ambassadors.” Participants are also eligible to receive an additional $200 per month through ways such as working, going to school or being a mediator in potentially violent situations,” the report added.
This program has been tested in Richmond, CA and Sacramento, CA – with mixed results. Washington Examiner reporter David Freddoso sheds light on the program’s success rate 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.”