The D.C. Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bill
- that includes a proposal to pay residents a stipend
- for not to commit crimes
- It’s based on a program in Richmond, California,
- that advocates say has contributed to deep reductions in crime there.
Under the bill:
- city officials would identify up to 200 people a year
- who are considered at risk of either committing or becoming victims of violent crime.
- Those people would be directed to participate in behavioral therapy and other programs.
- If they fulfill those obligations and stay out of trouble, they would be paid.
- The bill doesn’t specify the value of the stipends, but
- participants in the California program receive up to $9,000 per year.
Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, a Democrat:
- who wrote the legislation,
- said it was part of a comprehensive approach to reducing violent crime in the city,
- which experienced a 54 percent increase in homicides last year.
Homicides and violent crime are still down significantly since the 2000s, and even more so since the early 1990s when the District was dubbed the nation’s “murder capital.”
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