KOOL Question of the Day


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A San Francisco suburb is testing a controversial strategy to combat the gun violence that's plagued the community – paying people not to commit crimes.

The experiment known as “Advance Peace” is being conducted in Richmond, Calif., and works like this: The 18-month fellowship hires convicted felons to "court" troubled youth -- who so far have avoided arrest due to lack of evidence -- with offers of cash and out-of-town vacations if they mend their ways. 

If, after six months, a “fellow” in the voluntary program begins to achieve specific goals, they can earn up to $1,000 a month.

Supporters say the money, which comes from private donations, is like an allowance that many American parents give their children as a reward for hard work -- and argue daily, intensive engagement is the only way to disrupt urban gun violence.

The "KOOL Question of the Day" is:

 "Is it right to pay troubled youth to not commit crimes?"