If the current crime prevention method is not working, it is time to resort to novel ways to stop the soaring crimes in New York.
That is what New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had in mind when he proposes the handing down of a $1,000 monthly stipend to “fellows or young people deemed at-risk for being involved in gun crime.”
Based on the proposal of de Blasio the fellows will be paired with “formerly incarcerated mentors.”
On the same proposal, the fellows would also get bonuses for meeting goals such as obtaining a driver’s license or passing the GED.
De Blasio said the monthly stipend will be sourced from the $1 million that the city will allocate for a program called Advance Peace, which is described as “a violence prevention program that uses financial incentives.”
Sources said Advance Peace was founded in Richmond, California, 11 years ago, and since then has been taken up in only four cities, including Sacramento and Fort Worth. Still, proponents claim it works.
It was learned that in Sacramento where Advance Peace is in full effect gun homicides and assaults in 2018 had dropped 20 percent below the average of the previous four years.
Based on the current data from NYPD, murders in New York City hit a nine-year high last year.
The NYPD data added that as of Aug. 2, the number of murders in 2021 was slightly ahead of last year.