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Sacramento Wants to Pay Gang Members $1.5M as Incentive to Graduate High School, Obey the Law
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Due to rising violence in the city of Sacramento, California, city officials have created a plan to offer gang members cash stipends for graduating from school and generally staying out of trouble. A total of $1.5 million is the total funding proposed for the program, which would be paid from the city's general fund, according to Fox News.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg has strongly advocated in favor of the program, and urged that a vote on the proposal be expedited following a recent shooting in a city park, which left one person dead and four injured.
"Let's get going on doing everything we can to save innocent lives," Steinberg told Sacramento Fox News affiliate Fox 40.
WIBC host Tony Katz called the program both "sick" and "the ignorance of bad ideas" in a commentary that drew comparisons between the Sacramento proposal and the 'protection racket' of the New York mafia.
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