San Francisco will soon pay some potential criminals $300-a-month not to shoot people.
The city’s Dream Keeper Fellowship will give monthly gift cards to 10 people deemed to be at high risk of gun crime if they refrain from taking part in the city’s alarming surge in shootings, officials told the San Francisco Examiner.
As well as $300 for staying out of trouble, those in the pilot program can make an extra $200 if they meet other benchmarks, such as attending parole appointments and finding a job.
The pilot — which starts in October and plans to expand to around 75 people a year — is part of the mayor’s two-year initiative to invest $120 million in the city’s black community.
It will be funded with taxpayers’ money, as well as private donations and a possible federal grant, according to KGO.
The program was inspired by one run in neighboring Richmond, California, in 2016 that studies have