California city pays people not to commit crimes

Oakland in San Francisco bay has a controversial new plan to fight crime

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City Willing to Pay People to Not Commit Crimes


Officials in the San Francisco Oakland area trying to slow down crime.

The newest plan is called "Advance Peace", and the idea is to try and curb crime using the same method apparent used to try to get their kids do their chores money of course money: simply pay people to not commit crimes.

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The program, which is funded completely by private donations, will hire convicted felons to work with troubled youth.

If they do well in the voluntary program - meaning they do the work and don't fall back an old habits - they will earn a $1000 a month and even get free trips to places like Washington DC and New York City, and even London.

Of course is causing a bit of a controversy. People who are against the plan say there should be free trips for victims of violence not the ones who committed the crimes.

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