D.C. Wants To Pay Criminals

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If you’re a young violent criminal looking to advance in your gun-toting career, you might want to consider packing your bags and heading to D.C.

The D.C. council has passed a bill that would pay an undisclosed amount of money to young violent criminals. This would also include crimes that involved a firearm.

It sounds like there’s some employment opportunities in D.C.

In order to receive the money, the offender would have to attend special classes designed to deter their criminal behavior as well as stay out of trouble.

I commend the D.C. council for actively coming up with a plan to curb violence. However, from my experience as a parent, I’ve learned early on that bribery will only get you so far.

What if the offenders in this program are crime free only while getting paid but return to violence after the well has run dry?

Or worst,

What if these violent offenders continue their law breaking while in the program and don’t get caught right off the bat?

Another thing to consider is that law-abiding citizens will be footing the bill for this special program.

Imagine paying the person who broke into your home to not break into your home again. That’s not exactly the way that’s suppose to work, right?

Personally, I think they should just require the criminals to attend the reformation classes (and I’m not talking protestant). Make it mandatory and if they don’t attend they get locked up. Heck, they should be locked up in the first place.

While the Prison Industrial Complex definitely needs an overhaul…It should begin with the non-violent criminals and not those who are a detriment to society.

However, I’m interested to see how all of this works out for D.C. Either they are on to something or have gotten way too desperate.

Do you think this program will benefit young violent criminals? Would you be OK with paying them to stay out of trouble?

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20 thoughts on “D.C. Wants To Pay Criminals

    1. Catherine, I can’t help laughing out loud. It does seem that crime is paying good dividends. Snatching an old ladies bag might be worth a chance these days. What nonsense!

  1. I think it’s a start. And trust me, we need to start somewhere. If it takes a few coins to try to reach some of these young offenders, then great. I’d rather they be paid on the front end than to pay for them being housed after they have committed violent crimes. Some will be reached while others will not and I guess that’s life. I commend them for the attempt to reach them. It’s akin to getting kids to go to church with the bait of basketball, video games, food, etc. The ultimate goal is to minister to them with the EXPECTATION that some will be ultimately reached. Great post!!!
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    1. Maybe that’s the way the D.C. council is looking at it as well. I’m curious to see what the results will be from this plan and if other cities will follow suit IF it’s successful.

  2. I’m torn on this. On the one hand at first I was like huh??? Then as I read further I thought, hmmm, now when you take the reaction out of it and really start to think about it then it almost makes some sense. I genuinely appreciate outside the box thinking on major issues, and I think we all could stand to really analyze the cause/effect of the proposal but I am still uncertain for the reasons you stated. Also, I think that ideas like this are doomed because they are often not presented in the correct way. Its like-boom, pay criminals and automatically people have the reaction I did. Its a little more serious of a proposal of course, but in today’s society, we go right for the heart of it, and thus it winds up being doomed.
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    1. Great points Robert. It most certainly is out of the box thinking. I don’t think the payments are what will deter them from re-offending but whatever programs they may have in place. With that said, do you think that making the programs mandatory vs paying them to attend would result in the same outcome?

      1. Great question and one I don’t think I have an answer for. Take the criminal element out of it and I think everyone eventually rebels against anything that is considered ‘mandatory’. Be it a mandatory dress code or a mandatory law in your town, most people eventually work their way around it. And if that happened in this case, then what would be the point? I’m truly on the fence on this one.
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  3. Tasha, your opening line had me laughing. This is a two way feeling for me. Hmm! Is crime now yielding or what. I hope this won’t jump up and bite them in the butt at some time because bribery can really take you so far.

    1. One of my concerns is the fact that non-violent criminals are rotting in jail while the violent ones are given a second chance….meaning, they’re still free to harm another individual. I just hope this works out for D.C. maybe they’re seeing something that we don’t.

  4. Boy, I just don’t get how things are being ran today. I guess I’m not understanding the government and how it thinks it is wise to operate that way and have positive results in the long run. Beyond my comprehension….
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  5. I don’t know how I missed this post! You come up with some great controversial stuff!! This sounds extremely interesting, although I can’t help but wonder if this will create MORE criminals just so they can get the payout? I’ll definitely give them kudos for trying to come up with a solution to help, BUT, I’m not sure this is the answer. We’ll just have to wait and see?? And as long as they don’t increase my taxes to fund this experiment, I’d be interested to see if it’s successful!
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    1. Yea that’s what I’m thinking….I’m looking forward to the statistics after all is said and done. It doesn’t sound like it will work but they’ll have to prove that it does.

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