The pilot program, popularly known as "Peace Pay", was designed to reduce the level of violence in the city of Richmond, California, USA. According to the program, the police gave young people a scholarship if, during police special operations, they did not side with an angry mob.
Yes, in the city of Richmond, California, there was a pilot program, which meant paying money allowances to problem teens if they comply with the law, but there is one “but”. The state of California never paid money to criminals and did not give out free travel vouchers.
Rumors that criminals receive money for good behavior appeared in August 2016 and it started. But no one bothered to grasp the point, because the city of Richmond, California since 2010, has already operated a pilot program, known as Operation Peacemaker, with the stated goal of reducing violence in the city. In this program, all young people in Richmond were considered as a category that finds itself in the balance of committing a crime with the use of firearms.According to the program, any teenager registered in this city and not noticed for six months for illegal actions had the right to a scholarship.
City officials allocated funds until 2014, when the lowest crime rate in the entire history of the city was registered. But in 2015 she refused. According to the documents, only 17 teenagers aged 16 to 25 participated in the program, who claimed $ 1,000 a month for "good behavior." But this amount could not keep them from committing crimes. Consequently, according to the program, for all the time of its existence, not one payment was made.
In May 2016, Washington, DC, which also participated in this experiment, refused a similar program due to lack of funding, although in his case payments were still made, but the result of the program was negligible, since in a big city often made by visitors.