As reported by Fox News, the liberal city of San Francisco has found it to be in the best interest of their citizens to pay their citizens $300 a month to not shoot each other.
The report says the city “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.”
It remains unclear how “at-risk” individuals are actually determined to be “at-risk.”
The Human Rights Commission executive director, Sheryl Davis said, “It’s not necessarily as cut and dry as folks may think. 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.”
It is still unclear how paying people not to shoot each other is “not transactional.”
Newsweek commented on the new programs, which is set to begin in October, reporting “Participants will be paired with life coaches from the city’s Street Violence Intervention Program and will be considered “community ambassadors” who work to prevent violence. They will work on their professional, personal, and community development and will be thought of as “partners” in engaging community members and decreasing violence.”
The program also pays people on the “at-risk” list to get a job. But, it still remains to be seen how those “at-risk” individuals will respond if/when the money that the tax payers of San Fransico are giving dries up.