Even as a child, you are taught right for wrong, but now in Washington D.C. you get paid for doing the right thing. The District of Columbia (D.C.) City Council just agreed on a bill that would pay citizens $9,000 a year to NOT commit crimes. Under this bill, which has yet to be approved by the mayor, officials of the city would choose 200 people a year that they consider “high risk” for committing a crime or becoming a victim of a crime.
How does this work? How do you find out who “might” become a victim and what does paying them change? The 200 chosen people would then be required to attend behavioral therapy programs as well as many other programs. Once these potential and possible criminals complete the therapy, they then receive the stipend.
Fox 5 in D.C. reported:
Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser has not committed to funding the program, which would cost $4.9 million over four years, including $460,000 a year in stipend payments, according to the District’s independent chief financial officer. Without the mayor’s support, it would be up to the Council to find money for it through new taxes or cuts to existing programs.
Kenyan McDuffie (D), the council member who wrote the legislation, said that spending a mere $9,000 a year on stopping someone from committing a crime “pales in comparison” to someone becoming a victim. Does that even make sense logically? We pay people to be good. What about the other 650,000 people that live in Washington D.C.? Do you assume they will all be good citizens? Why don’t we make jail more about rehabilitation than retribution when these criminals will be getting out with the next few years? Do these criminals not care about going to jail? Is it not a severe enough punishment? Only time and tax dollars will tell if throwing away potentially 1.8 million dollars a year will be worth it.