With gun crime skyrocketing in San Francisco, politicians realized they had a major crisis on their hand. In the first half of 2021, gun crime has doubled over 2020.
Of course, in 2020, these same politicians cut police funding by $120 million.
So, what plan did they come up to deal with this crisis?
Their solution was simple.
If a former felon could go a full month without shooting anyone, the city politicians would pay the individual $300 a month. The money won’t come in actual cash, they will receive it in gift cards instead.
It is just a trial program at this point, with only 10 former felons having been accepted into the program.
And as an added bonus, they can make an additional $200 a month if they attend their parole hearings and actually apply for jobs.
Of course, applying for jobs in California is getting trickier, as hundreds of businesses are now fleeing the state.
Because similar to gun crime, a Stanford university report says that the number of businesses that left California so far this year, is double last year’s numbers.
I am also not sure how much of an incentive a $300 gift card will be, since, California already allows people to steal up to US$950 from stores before it’s considered a felony charge. READ: Coordinated crime sprees forcing retailers to close stores, limit hours