The Sacramento City Council voted 9-0 on August 29 to approve a program that offers taxpayer-funded cash stipends to gang members who don’t shoot or otherwise injure anyone.
The “Advance Peace” program will use approximately $1.5 million in city tax dollars over a three-year period.
“The program targets key gang agitators, offering them cash stipends to graduate school and remain peaceful,” Fox40 News reported.
The Sacramento Bee added that the program “would target about 50 young men, mostly black and Latino, who are thought by police and city leaders to be responsible for most gun violence in the city, especially gang-related crimes that are often retaliatory and personal.”
Comments left by readers of The Bee’s online story were overwhelmingly opposed to the spending. (Sources: Fox40 News, August 29; The Sacramento Bee, August 29.)