Throughout the past couple of years, the murder rate in Baltimore, Maryland has been steadily rising and today it stands at a staggering 50 murders per 100,000 people.
Coming in second place just after St. Louis, Missouri, there have been numerous propositions regarding how to reduce these numbers.
Believe it or not, the one that has been most discussed in these months is that of Tyree Moorehead, an ex-convict who has been charged with 18 years imprisonment for second-degree murder.
Tyree Moorehead - a Creative Community Activist
Imprisoned at 15 years of age, Tyree was released in 2012 and has since been doing his best to push his idea through.
According to him, “most of them (murderers, authors remark) aren’t doing it out of sheer comfort but rather because they are looking for cash”.
In an interview with FOX45, he stated that in the last 8 years he has been talking with both ex and current convicts trying to learn more about their motive to commit crimes.
The idea that Tyree Moorehead presented was that the city should be paying the potential killers/criminals in order to stop the ongoing rise in the murder rate.
Still, Moorehead didn’t mention any details about how this system would work and failed to answer the question of the legitimacy of such an approach.
The case of Richmond, California shows that it might work
DeVone Boggan, an ex-convict from Richmond, California first came to such an idea back in 2007.
While the initial “hire not to kill” campaign didn’t show any effects as this small city had a rate of 47 murders per 100,000 people in 2009, he founded an agency with the concept of working with communities affected by gun violence.
Along with several other city officials, Boggan managed to motivate a huge number of them into living a more peaceful life and earning a stipend of $1,000 in case they show good behavior.
Is There Hope for Baltimore, Maryland?
While there has been a slight drop in the murder rate in 2020, compared to 2019 which was set at 58 per 100,000; it is still more than twenty times higher than average.
With that in mind, the Baltimore City Council and police officials do agree that a creative method is needed in order to stop the soaring trend.