NYC Mayor hires old felons to “interrupt” new felons

posted at 7:01 pm on August 23, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

Big Apple Mayor Bill de Blasio has kicked off a $13M plan to curb violence in his city which relies on paying “ex-felons” to keep tabs on potential future felons and “interrupt” their violent activities. It’s based on a pilot program of the same type which was called, “Save Our Streets” and has been heralded by the mayor’s office as a big success. The NY Post explains how the program worked.

The philosophy behind Save Our Streets, according to the Center for Court Innovation’s Ife Charles, is that gun violence is a disease: “Quarantine an area, and then saturate the area with some sort of antibodies to help eradicate the violence.”

The “antibodies” in this case are ex-cons who are hired because they “know the streets, have been there and have credibility.”

These “interrupters” follow gang “beefs” on social media and rush to the scene of potential fights in order to defuse tensions.

Before I could even begin typing something snarky along the lines of what could possibly go wrong, the Mayor put me in my place. According to him, the pilot program decreased violent crime in the area by an astounding 66%. Now THAT’s impressive. Except for one small detail…

The mayor calls Ife Charles, the coordinator of Save Our Streets, “the general of the army here, who has shown that this is the way forward.”

But Charles either lied or made a massive error when she announced that her own report showed “a 66 percent reduction in the shooting incidents that took place within our particular catchment area, once the program was implemented.”

In fact, the report — “Testing a Public Health Approach to Gun Violence” — clearly states that “results showed that average monthly shooting rates in Crown Heights decreased by 6 percent from the pre to the post periods.”

Hey, 6%? Or 66%? Now you’re just quibbling over a decimal point. Anyone can make a typo like that. Allen West weighed in on this one.

Yep, Mayor Bill believes the best way to combat gun violence is to enlist and pay ex-gangbangers as “violence interrupters” — folks, you cannot make this stuff up!

I guess he believes all you need is a little counseling – I’m surprised they’re not outsourcing Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Phil.

Also less reported is that a couple of the “interrupters” in the pilot program wound up back in custody for new crimes of their own, according to a separate source. And, as West notes, participants in the program are not required to report to the police if any of the suspects have illegal guns. You know… to preserve their street cred. You don’t want to get a reputation as a snitch.

Congratulations, New York City. You overwhelmingly wanted de Blasio. And now you’ve got him. Enjoy.


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Hiring felons to curb felonies. Is there anything liberalism cannot cure?

ndanielson on August 23, 2014 at 7:05 PM

So, this means that criminals lie and liberals are gullible.

Did I miss anything?

Wino on August 23, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Can’t we cut this cancer out of the USA yet?

Mini-14 on August 23, 2014 at 7:08 PM

New York City has the mayor it deserves.

Rusty Nail on August 23, 2014 at 7:08 PM

I’m sure this will have the same exceptional level of success that most other liberal brainfarts have.

Oldnuke on August 23, 2014 at 7:09 PM

The figure I would like to know is how much tourism has gone down in NY.

I know I quit going to NY after Bloomberg started his nanny state.

gophergirl on August 23, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Well the same plan worked so well for this administration, why not NYC?

Walter L. Newton on August 23, 2014 at 7:15 PM

They sing Kumbayah and hold hands, I’m sure.

Fenris on August 23, 2014 at 7:17 PM

keep tabs on potential future felons and “interrupt” their violent activities.

introducing the next HBO pay-per-view event. this week’s card showcases a old, former prison bltch going up against a 17yr old Crips banger with “Authority” issues.

Must See TV…..

Renee on August 23, 2014 at 7:26 PM

There’s some more lucre for the penal system. All these cats snitching on other cats have to meet with patrol officers and who have to make reports who turn the reports in to administrators who type them up and put them in a data base file and the data base has to be maintained by a dba and the dba needs a backup and … and …

Yup. There’s gold in them thar prison systems.

Ruckus_Tom on August 23, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Evidently the ‘sophisticated’ people of New York City are still stuck on stupid.

GarandFan on August 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Next: Hiring unicorns to teach gay sex.

vnvet on August 23, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Who in his right mind hires a guy name Ife to run anything?

formwiz on August 23, 2014 at 7:38 PM

formwiz on August 23, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Even worse….

But Charles either lied or made a massive error when she announced that her own report showed

Barred on August 23, 2014 at 7:43 PM

OT -

Why isn’t Obama Raiders helping in this effort?

The Mail on Sunday has been told that in the past 48 hours a ‘significant force’ of SAS soldiers and signallers have deployed to northern Iraq, joining Iraqi and Kurdish units fighting IS.

They have separated into four-man teams and are accompanying local troops in an attempt to capture British jihadis, identify them and establish links to Jihadi John.

Once a British jihadi is in custody, samples will be taken of the suspect’s blood and DNA – vital in the case of UK extremists because the information can be matched to medical records. For identification purposes, a photograph is also taken of the iris – the visible coloured ring around the pupil – which is unique.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2732785/SAS-high-tech-hunt-killers-James-Foley-Significant-force-UK-elite-troops-ground-Iraq.html

If anyone thinks that Obama is going to do anything other than play footsies with these scums, you’re fooling yourself.

Walter L. Newton on August 23, 2014 at 7:44 PM

I get it- its brilliant!

It a violence vaccination; you inject live but attenuated cultures of the pathogen (in this case, convicted felons, presumed to be “denatured” because everybody learns to not do any more violence in prison) into the infected area (inner city neighborhood) and

BAM!

Just like white blood cells, the denatured felons rush to the source of the inflamation and surround it with a large, amorphous one-celled… wait, okay, that isn’t how it works exactly, but brilliant!

I mean, if the CDC collects the data, it must mean thug violence is a public health issue, and this is an incredibly hot new way to fight it.

I’m sure it will work just as well as the public health fight against those old-time STDs, which we have long since vanquished.

These NYC guys- so much smarter than us.

Dolce Far Niente on August 23, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Hey, 6%? Or 66%? Now you’re just quibbling over a decimal point. Anyone can make a typo like that

Common Core math. It’s the effort that counts, not the answer.

talkingpoints on August 23, 2014 at 7:51 PM

If anyone thinks that Obama is going to do anything other than play footsies with these scums, you’re fooling yourself.

Walter L. Newton on August 23, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Are you not supposed to be on Squatch Watch 2014.

RickB on August 23, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Are you not supposed to be on Squatch Watch 2014.

RickB on August 23, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Next weekend Aug. 30-31 (if they don’t cancel again).

Walter L. Newton on August 23, 2014 at 8:02 PM

and the data base has to be maintained by a dba and the dba needs a backup and … and … Degaussing!

Ruckus_Tom on August 23, 2014 at 7:29 PM

FIFY.

Kenosha Kid on August 23, 2014 at 8:12 PM

We should come up with a name for this program. I nominate:

Gang Fightus Interruptus

And it will be at least as effective as the coital equivalent.

Wino on August 23, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Allen West is awesome. That is all.

Scotty J on August 23, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Big Apple Mayor Bill de Blasio has kicked off a $13M plan to curb violence in his city which relies on paying “ex-felons” to keep tabs on potential future felons and “interrupt” their violent activities. It’s based on a pilot program of the same type which was called, “Save Our Streets” and has been heralded by the mayor’s office as a big success.

Jazz Shaw on August 23, 2014 at 7:01 PM

.
This idea has merit, IF . . . . . flagrant, unapologetic, open acknowledgement and recognition of GOD is allowed.

Take that away, and it won’t do squat.

listens2glenn on August 23, 2014 at 8:49 PM

All I can think of is “midnight basketball”.

Oxymoron on August 23, 2014 at 10:01 PM

The Kook Left and their fellow travelers the RINO Left have been wetting themselves in anticipation of the long-awaited apocalypse of legal (conservative) gun owners committing mass domestic terrorism to advance their agenda.

I keep asking … when?

Jaibones on August 23, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Soon to be followed with “reformed” sex offenders helping troubled youth K thru 12. DeBlasio’s Ped-Start program.

StubbornGreenBurros on August 24, 2014 at 12:12 AM

This Liberal Democrat ISIS Plan was used here in Los Angeles by blond bimbo dingbat Rep. Janice Hahn when she was a Lis Angeles City Councilwoman. She had CURRENT GANGBANGERS on the City Payroll for this stuff…..what a joke!!!!

Realdemocrat1 on August 24, 2014 at 12:14 AM

“This is the first time that New York City Government will employ thieves and degenerates.”

Said no one, EVER.

orangemtl on August 24, 2014 at 2:48 AM

6% or 66%. It doesn’t matter. It’s the intentions that matter, not the results.

Bitter Clinger on August 24, 2014 at 3:47 AM

I’m too lazy to look it up, but wasn’t there a similar program somewhere (LA? Chicago?) where the ‘reformed’ felons were running it as a crime syndicate of their own?

PersonFromPorlock on August 24, 2014 at 7:26 AM

Heh.

Kenosha Kid on August 23, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Had to look up

Degaussing

.

There’s a pretty big leap from accessing a server, a data base and its tables and pulling data from it – to backups, restorations and

degaussing

.

All that maintenance and optimization stuff that DBAs do is done by magic.

Ruckus_Tom on August 24, 2014 at 7:53 AM

A better approach based on public health analogies is that of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The HIV virus destroys the immune system cells that fight infection. To cure AIDS you must restore the ability of the immune system cells to oppose ad destroy infections.

Banning guns for personal self-defense is the equivalent of imposing AIDS on the population (Imposed Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or IIDS). It reduces the ability of individuals to protect themselves from the opportunistic attackers. It is caused by liberal covert racists who want to disarm blacks and anyone else they do not control.

To reduce the likelihood of the infection getting worse, stop imposing AIDS. Allow “shall issue” firearms carry by all who are not violent felons.

rayward on August 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Fox and Hen house. Oh and networking. Awesome./

CW on August 24, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Fox and Hen house. Oh and networking. Awesome./

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Also, see how the Los Angeles Unified schools are to handle
some crime in their schools. Well basically through counseling.

http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-lausd-discipline-20140820-story.html#page=1

CW on August 24, 2014 at 9:36 AM

In most cases, possession of tobacco, theft of property less than $50 and trespassing will be referred to school administrators. Possession of alcohol or marijuana of less than an ounce, fighting and vandalism causing less than $400 in damage will be referred to either administrators or community programs such as the city-run YouthSource Centers for counseling and other services.

Like magic–they’re not criminals. I don’t like the direction so many are going.

CW on August 24, 2014 at 9:39 AM

No way this could be used to create a crime syndicate with tax money, right?

Cliff by the Ford on August 24, 2014 at 9:53 AM

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2014/08/daughter_slain_at_festival

Girl killed in broad daylight, no outrage.

Fleuries on August 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM

So does this make DeBlasio a libtard or a commietard?

Pelosi Schmelosi on August 24, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Soon to be followed with “reformed” sex offenders helping troubled youth K thru 12. DeBlasio’s Ped-Start program.

StubbornGreenBurros on August 24, 2014 at 12:12 AM

HEH!!

BigWyo on August 24, 2014 at 1:13 PM