An ex-convict came up with a controversial solution to dealing with soaring crime rates in his city.
Tyree Moorehead is a convict-turned-activist who has been working to reduce the murder rate in Baltimore, Maryland, after spending 18 years in prison for committing a second-degree murder back when he was 15 years old.
As the activist who masterminded the ‘No Shoot Zone’ initiative suggested in an interview with FOX 45, criminals should be paid in return for not killing other people.
“I can relate to the shooters, guess what they want? They want money. I’ve talked to these people, I’ve seen the shooters, it’s a small city, I know who the hustlers are,” Moorehead insisted.
While he suggested paying criminals to stay out of trouble could lower the murder rate in the city, the activist allegedly failed to provide a concrete answer as to how his plan would be carried out and who would be entitled to such payments.
Though his proposal sounds unusual at best, it wouldn’t be the first time a city decided to counter rising violence with such a tactic.
Previously, in 2016, Richmond officials carried out a program that saw young convicts compensated with up to $1,000 for staying out of trouble and reaching certain milestones, whereas ex-cons, such as Moorehead, were responsible for implementing the directives.
While the program reportedly helped decrease the murder rate in the city to the lowest it’s been in 30 years, Baltimore officials already suggested such a strategy would likely not be effective in their city.
“It could make it easier for people to get their hands on guns because they now have an influx of a different level of cash,” former police spokesperson TJ Smith told FOX 45.
While he acknowledged that a creative approach is necessary in this case, Smith insisted that giving criminals cash is not the right answer.
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