‘Woke’ San Francisco to Pay Criminals $300 a Month Not to Shoot People
Desperate effort to drive down gun crime
Liberal San Fransisco is now planning to pay violent criminals for not shooting people in a desperate effort to drive down gun crime.
Executive director of the Human Rights Commission, Sheryl Davis, said:
"These small investments can transform the lives of individuals, but they can also transform communities."
The new effort will choose ten people prone to pulling the trigger to be rewarded $300 each month to keep away from gun violence.
But Davis argued that they are not simply giving cash to criminals.
She describes it as a turnkey to bring investments in communities plagued with gun crime.
"It's not necessarily as cut and dry as folks may think,” she told Newsweek.
“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," she added.
The new effort is being funded by the Dream Keeper Initiative and part of San Francisco’s decision to “redirect funding from the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) to the African American community.”
This will cost $6 million annually to intake needs of the community and focus on closing unemployment and gaps in “income and wealth,” the website says.
Participants will be matched with life coaches from the city's Street Violence Intervention Program.
"As you become better, your community benefits from that," Davis explained.
Those participants can also receive an extra $200 per month by attending school or helping to be change agents.
According to the San Francisco Examiner, the payments will come in the form of gift cards and will be closely tracked.
"As you become better, your community benefits from that," Davis said.
By mid-2021, San Francisco saw gun violence soar, with the number of non-fatal shooting victims rising to 129, doubling the 58 shootings from a year before, SFPD statistics reported.
Meanwhile, the Public Policy Institute of California found the city has the highest rate of property crime with 3,045 property incidents per 100,000 residents.
Earlier this year, Neon Nettle reported San Francisco residents were at a breaking point as the city continues on its rapid downward spiral of soaring crimes and homelessness.
According to a new poll released by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce has revealed that eight out of ten San Franciscans consider crime to have worsened since the pandemic took hold.
The results were pretty much uniform among different gender, ages, ethnicity, party affiliation, neighborhood, and homeownership status.
40% of residents say they are now planning to flee the city in the next few years, the local CBS affiliate reported.
San Francisco resident, Lindsay Stevens, told KPIX-5:
“There’s nothing worse than seeing such a beautiful place in such disarray."
"I really thought I was going to be sad when the movers loaded up the last container on Saturday, and I have never been more relieved.”