After a violent weekends of suspected gang-related shootings, the Sacramento City Council took action ,approved a controversial program called Advance Peace.
The money — matched by private foundations — will fund the program Advance Peace. The hugely controversial program, which is basically a form of bribing criminals hoping they’re stop breaking the law is aimed at saving innocent lives and it targets key gang members by paying them with taxpayer’s money, provided they remain peaceful and graduate school.
The program which is already in use in Richmond offers cash stipends to gang members who remain peaceful. The program targets key gang agitators, offering them cash stipends to graduate school and remain peaceful. The $1.5 million program will provide gang members with a $1,000 a month stipend to “remain peaceful.” It will also provide them with free job training and schooling. In Sacramento, the program would target 50 young men who were identified as being responsible for much of the gun and gang violence in the city.
Advance Peace was modeled off of a similar program enacted in Richmond, California. During a five-year period, the city has seen a 50 percent decrease in firearm assaults and 54 percent drop in gun homicides. From 2010-2016, firearm assaults and deaths dropped by 60 percent in Richmond.
Eighty-four fellows were enrolled in the program from 2010-2015. Of those, 94 percent are still alive, 83 percent have no gun-related injuries and 77 percent have not been suspected in any firearms activity, according to Advance Peace in Richmond.
The program’s success had led 36 cities across the country, including 10 in California, to reach out to Boggan about implementing the program.