Could Cities Reduce Gun Violence by Paying People Not to Kill?
In America’s most violent cities, no idea is too crazy. Case in point: Richmond, Calif. pays its most dangerous residents to stay out of trouble. Four times a year Richmond’s “Office of Neighborhood Safety” identifies the 50 people most likely to shoot or be shot. They are then invited to join a program designed to turn their lives around, which includes a monthly stipend of $300 to $1,000. It’s too early to objectively assess the program’s efficacy, but in 2013 Richmond had its lowest number of homicides in 33 years.