Calif. suburb paying people to stay out of trouble

- A San Francisco suburb is trying to combat gun violence by paying people to stay out of trouble. 

Participants in the program, which is called "Advance Peace," can earn up to $1,000 a month and trips. It's an 18-month fellowship and the money comes from private donations. 

Program organizers said most of the 82 men who have gone through the program are still alive and are not considered suspects in new gun crimes. However the program doesn't sit well with everyone. Critics said the program sends a bad message and that if anyone should get paid, it should be the crime victims and their families. 

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