By now you’ve heard about the city of Sacramento’s $1.5M scheme to pay gang-bangers not to commit violence. But if you dig into the details of the scheme, it’s actually even worse.
The report and funding agreement before the council indicate that the program, the “Peacemaker Fellowship,” is to be implemented by a group called Advance Peace. It proposes to reduce gang violence through “transformational opportunities to young adults identified as most likely to be” involved in “gun violence” and by ensuring “greater connectivity to culturally competent human, social, and economic opportunities” for these individuals. The details, as fleshed out during the council meeting, were that participants will be selected from a small group of gang members thought to be behind the “re-cyclical and retaliatory” gun crimes in the community. Among other things, program participants will be required to identify and commit to “LifeMAP goals” (academic aspirations, or more basic things like “getting a driver’s license or improving their relationship with their parents or their kids”). As part of “incentivizing achievement,” the program’s “touchpoints” include “Transformative Travel” and cash stipends for participants. The cost associated with each participant tops out at an estimated $30,000.
If that sounds like a load of feelgood progressive huggy-buggy crap and a payoff to a Democrat-connected organization — it’s because that is exactly what it is. There are no metrics for measuring the success of the program, and no set dates for anything other than the city making payments, which are built-in and front-loaded.
It is an article of faith on the progressive left that the worst thing society can do to a criminal is put him in jail.
Aside from which, the city’s scheme apparently has profiled individuals in the community they think are most likely to commit violence with guns. So, apparently, profiling is bad when police are doing it to stop gang-bangers from committing violence, but perfectly OK when politicians want to give taxpayer money to gang-bangers.