Stockton, California Mayor Michael Tubbs
“Cash for Criminals” -- $1,000 for Potential Shooters …
Why am I not surprised to find another progressive socialist democrat, this time the 27-year-old Stanford-educated African-American Mayor of Stockton, California proposing another unique method to control criminals and crazies. That a private program funded by liberal philanthropists pay potential shooters $1,000 after they complete 18-months of taxpayer-paid counseling. Known as the “Advance Peace” program, it is part of a proposed crime control experiment. Of course, this is the same guy that wants to provide $500 per month to select Stockton residents for 18-months to test the effects of a guaranteed basic income.
It seems that, like any progressive socialist democrat, the Mayor of a city best known for bankruptcy and crime is willing to spend dollars seeking a solution that defies both human nature and common sense.
Perhaps all of those expensive courses at the prestigious but liberal Stanford University where the Mayor earned a Bachelors' degree in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and a master's degree in Policy, Leadership and Organization Studies, failed to teach a few simple facts: criminals and crazies do not respect nor follow the law. Incentivizing any activity often encourages more of that activity.
The Mayor’s theory appears to be something along the lines of recognizing a small percentage of the general population commits a disproportionate amount of crime. So offering these potential criminals, most of whom will probably have a history of criminal interaction with the justice system, a reward to entering the system and undergoing counseling will be a cost effective crime prevention tool. One wonders if he will eliminate “gang members” from the payouts?
According to Tubbs, "Let me be clear, Advance Peace is not a get out of jail free card. Participating in this program doesn't erase the past, but it does help these young men learn how to make better choices for their own and our community's collective future."
Advance Peace interrupts gun violence in American urban neighborhoods by providing transformational opportunities to young men involved in lethal firearm offenses and placing them in a high-touch, personalized fellowship—the Peacemaker Fellowship™.
By working with and supporting a targeted group of individuals at the core of gun hostilities, Advance Peace bridges the gap between anti-violence programming and a hard-to-reach population at the center of violence in urban areas, thus breaking the cycle of gun hostilities and altering the trajectory of these men’s lives.
Advance Peace works with both public and community-based stakeholders to establish responsive community-driven strategies that achieve high-impact outcomes for those caught in the cycle of urban gun violence.
Advance Peace reduces gun violence, improves the general health and wellbeing of its Fellows, and increases public safety in the cities/neighborhoods where it is instituted. As a result of our efforts, Richmond, California, experienced a 66% reduction in firearm assaults causing injury or death between 2010 and 2017.
Eighty-four Fellows were enrolled during the first four cohorts between 2010 and 2015. Since becoming a Fellow:
<Source: Advance Peace>
Bottom line …
I am always skeptical of progressive giveaways to incentivize human behavior. I am also skeptical of the charitable organizations that support such activities, especially if they remain unrated by charity watchdogs for not submitting financials showing what their leadership earns and spends on lodging, travel, and expenses involving “outreach” which is often a code-word for fundraising. Also, I am skeptical of the numbers because I do not find a breakdown of how many of these people are gang members and potential shooters.
This is an area where you respect human nature, provide swift, sure punishment to violators, and support the law enforcement community that keeps you safe.
Since Tubbs appears to be a professional politician, look for his advancement to a higher political office and more media-grabbing programs to enhance his media presence.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell