Fresno’s new idea to stop gang shootings: pay the shooter

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from The Sun,

The proposal to initiate a program that pays stipends to gang members to curb gun violence is getting a formal vetting following Thursday’s Fresno City Council meeting.

On a 3-2 vote, the Fresno City Council voted to give City leaders, including Mayor Lee Brand and Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, 90 days to evaluate the controversial Advance Peace program along with other alternatives to reduce violent crime.

Arias amended his proposal to leave $200,000 in taxpayer funding to advance whatever proposal resulted from the 90 day review. The amount is a $100,000 reduction from Arias’ original proposal.

In keeping momentum behind the Advance Peace proposal, chief among the tasks in the 90 day window is identifying private funding for the program’s stipends.

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