H/T Independent Journal Review.

Only in the liberal Mecca of Commiefornia.

Sacramento, California, is set to throw money — taxpayer money, that is — at gang members in hopes it will dissuade them from violence.

he Sacramento City Council approved a controversial program called Advance Peace in late August, according to Fox 40. The $1.5 million initiative will offer gang members cash stipends to graduate school, as well as keep the peace.

In a vote that was fast-tracked by Mayor Darrell Steinberg (D) following a fatal shootingin Meadowview Park, the city council approved the measure in a 9-0 vote.

Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn says he supports “Advance Peace” as money well spent, but warns it’s only part of the solution @FOX40

“Let’s get going on doing everything we can to save innocent lives,” Steinberg told Fox 40.

The program will target 50 thugs the city has identified as responsible for much of the gang-related violence throughout Sacramento, according to KCRA-TV.

“Fifty is a huge number. That’s 50 shooters who have the possibility of taking a life,” said Nicole Clavo, who lost her 17-year-old son J.J. to gun violence two years ago. “If we can reach those 50, how many lives have we changed?”

The controversial initiative began in Richmond, California, where it has apparently had some success, though according to ABC News, the program has experienced some recidivism.

To critics, however, it seems like free cash for violent gang members who promise to control themselves.

“How’s the vote going to change anything? It’s up to the community to change. You know what I mean? It’s just senseless,” Allen Brown, a friend of 49-year-old Ernie Cadena, who was killed in the park shooting, said.

Though the program has been approved, the city council is still drafting the exact language of the contract.

Watch a local report on the initiative below.

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