2/16/16 Crime Pays


It’s been said crime doesn’t pay.  But soon it will in our nation’s capital.

I’d like to take those of you who live in reality on a little trip through the corridors of the Washington City Council.

D.C. is one of the most violent cities in the nation.  According to Neighborhood Scout dot com, 97% of US cities are safer than D.C.  So, it’s expected city officials would consider programs that might reduce crime.

This is what they’ve decided is a good idea.  First, they’re going to identify 200 people each year who may be prone to criminal activity.  Then the group is going to take part in behavioral therapy.  The idea is to dissuade them from a life of crime.  In exchange, they’ll get paid $9,000.  Oh, and they get to remain anonymous.

What could possibly go wrong?

The estimated cost to implement the program is $25 million over four years.  It could begin as soon as this summer.

In a bit of irony, the city will seek volunteers to help run the program.  The workers won’t get paid but the would-be criminals will.

It’s difficult to imagine how city council members thought this one up.

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