Officials in the San Francisco and Oakland area are trying to slow down crime.
They're newest plan is called 'Advanced Peace' and is being tested in Richmond, California: it's going to try to curb crime using an unusual method.
The plan is to simply pay people to not commit crime. How it works is that the programme - which is completely funded by private donations - will hire convicted criminals to work with troubled youths.
If they do well in the voluntary programme, then they will be able to earn $1,000 a month and even get free trips to places like Washington DC, New York City and London.
Obviously this has caused a bit of controversy, with people who are against the plans suggesting the free trips should be going to the victims of crimes, not the perpetrators.
However, on the other hand, a young person being mentored in the program, Sylvan, told Fox News: "I have never had a job, I never knew what a W2 was or how you make a resume. They taught me everything."
These are the kind of results the program needs if it is going to continue successfully.