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Tyree Moorehead spent 18 years in prison for second degree murder that he committed when he was 15 years old.
He was released from prison in 2012 and has since spent his time trying to work with criminals in Baltimore to reduce crime rates.
He told FOX 45 this week that he believes the way to reduce the number of shots fired in the city is to pay criminals so they don’t kill 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 town, I know who the scammers are,” he said.
He did not elaborate on how such a system would work.
Baltimore had the second highest homicide rate in the US in 2018 and 2019 after St. Louis.
New Orleans and Baton Rouge in Louisiana were second and fourth.
Chicago’s gun violence problem is prolific, but its number of murders per capita has never placed it in the top five for America’s deadliest cities.
While Moorehead’s strategy may sound radical, it has been done before.
In 2016, officials in Richmond, California, tested a program that paid young offenders to stay out of trouble.
As part of that program, convicts or troubled youth could earn up to $ 1,000 if they complete a series of goals over a certain period of time.
Community ‘peacekeepers’, ex-convicts, were used to enforce the law and the city’s murder rate was lowered to the lowest level in 30 years.
Baltimore police officials do not think it would be effective in their city
“It could make it easier for people to get their hands on guns because now they have an influx of a different level of cash,” he said.
He added that the fact that it is even being discussed shows how “desperate” the city is to solve its murder rate.
Baltimore saw more than 300 murders in 2020, which is roughly the same number as Los Angeles, a city where the population is four times as large.
In 2019, there were 348 murders in the city, 57 per 100,000 people, which was a historic record.
It decreased slightly in 2020 to 50 per 100,000, but is still above average.
Baltimore police said they disagreed with Moorehead’s strategy of paying offenders a little that creative thinking was needed to reduce crime rates.