Democratic lawmakers in Washington, DC have come up with a plan to curb violent crime within the city and it just passed through the city council with unanimous support.
The plan calls for identifying up to 200 people per year with prior convictions for violent crimes or people with violent tendencies who have no pending criminal cases and in essence, bribe them not to commit crimes.
The people selected to receive tax payer money for being a “good boy” would have to participate in behavioral therapy and other programs. Once the criteria is met, the bribes will be handed out.
According the Associated Press, the payout program would not be run through the police department. The program would be run separately by the city and the participants in the program would be anonymous.
To pay off the criminals, the city council would either need to make cuts to existing programs or impose a new tax on the law abiding citizens of the city.
Lawmakers in Washington aren’t saying how much they are willing to pay people not to commit violent crimes, however there is already a similar program in effect in Richmond, California that pays participants of the program up to $9,000 a year.
Kenyan McDuffie, the Democrat Councilmember who wrote the bill thinks that paying would be criminals not to commit crimes would be less taxing to the city and its citizens than incarcerating the violent offenders. “I want to prevent violent crime, particularly gun violence, by addressing the root causes and creating opportunities for people, particularly those individuals who are at the highest risks of offending,” McDuffie said in a letter.
What do you think about this new piece of legislation? Should the government (and taxpayers) be bribing people not to commit crimes?