“Stockton [California] is moving forward with a million-dollar effort to reduce shootings by training and paying suspected violent offenders to put down their weapons and make something of their lives,” kcra.com reports . . .
Council members voted 6-1 in favor of the program, which promises to decrease gun violence, after a heated public comment session during Tuesday’s city council meeting.
So how much are taxpayers shelling out for the Advance Peace program? Nada.
Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs was able to recruit funding from four philanthropic organizations to cover the cost . . .
Participants will be eligible for up to $1,000 a month.
The program lasts 18 months. After the first six months, participants who reach certain benchmarks will receive financial incentives to stay on track . . .
The program promises to achieve a 50 percent reduction in the number of shootings over four years.