Paying Ex-Convicts Not to Kill: Does It Really Work?

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The Guardian offers its take on Richmond, Ca.'s program to pay young men not to kill each other.  Set up in 2007 and primarily staffed by ex-convicts, the Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) vowed to provide men who had gun crime convictions with incentives to stop shooting.

At first, they were given social services referrals and life-skills training to find jobs and earn degrees. Three years later, and more controversially, they were offered a monthly cash stipend . . .

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