They say crime doesn't pay, but that might not be entirely true in the District of Columbia as lawmakers look for ways to discourage people from becoming repeat offenders.
The D.C. Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bill that includes a proposal to pay residents a stipend not to commit crimes. It's based on a program in Richmond, California, that advocates say has contributed to deep reductions in crime there.
Hey! I promise not to commit crimes in DC or Richmond!! Can I get paid?
I would like to point out that Richmond really didn't reduce crime. They simply changed crimes to a different form (a protection racket) and deemed it not to be a crime if the government does it.
But what could go wrong when you think you can recruit the barbarians to be a big part of the defense against barbarians?
One day, the bribes won't seem enough to them.
These people--allegedly our leaders--should be ashamed of themselves.