Brilliant Idea from Washington, D.C., City Council: Pay Criminals Not to Commit Crimes

The criminals have officially conquered the residents of Washington, D.C. After all, that is the only reason a population pays a tribute to be left alone. People who survive the initial attack pay off an invading army to stay away and leave them alone. Like the ants gave annual tribute to the grasshoppers in the movie, “A Bug’s Life,” they figure the regular payment is preferable to a repeat of the invasion.

The Washington, D.C., city council, by unanimous (!) vote, established a program to pay criminals not to become repeat offenders. It is based on a program in Richmond, California, that is supposedly successful. The Associated Press reports,

Under the bill, city officials would identify up to 200 people a year who are considered at risk of either committing or becoming victims of violent crime. Those people would be directed to participate in behavioral therapy and other programs. If they fulfill those obligations and stay out of trouble, they would be paid.

The bill doesn’t specify the value of the stipends, but participants in the California program receive up to $9,000 per year.

At most, there are some initial positive correlations in some instances with this program and a reduction in crime. But these thing constantly change. The Washington, D.C., city council is explicitly making blackmail a part of the welfare state. They are blind if they don’t realize what long term harm this will do to society.

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.

Let’s do a little math. $460,00 a year for four years amounts to $1.84 million. So that leaves over $3 million dollars going to public employees as “administration.” So in order to pay off criminals an amount under $2 million, law abiding residents are going to have to cough up one and a half times that much to pay the city government. Perhaps that too should be classified as paying off criminals. The government really appears to be operating as a protection racket.

What government is supposed to do is punish criminals and protect people. When government instead spends resources on bribing criminals to restrain themselves from committing crimes, it is essentially robbing people who earn an honest living to support people who decided that they don’t want to earn an honest living. It is teaching those people to believe that, unless they get paid, they have a right to commit crimes.

To add to the outrageousness of what is happening, remember that Washington, D.C., devotes part of the resources it gets from residents to make sure those residents stay disarmed. As David Jolly wrote,

Coming in at number 51, THE least gun friendly location in America is none other than Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital, home of those who are tasked to protect the US Constitution and Bill of Rights at all cost is the most hostile environment for the constitutional rights of all Americans, especially when it comes to owning and carrying firearms.

So not only does the government fail to protect people, it bars the people from protecting themselves!

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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