Mississippi Mayor Offers To Pay Criminals to Leave City

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Mississippi Mayor Chuck Espy (Facebook).

Clarksdale, Mississippi Mayor Chuck Espy made an interesting proposal during a press conference on May 20: offering up to $10,000 for criminals to move out of his town. Espy said he would use his own money to help relocate people away from Clarksdale as part of a larger plan to reduce crime.  

“If you’re just simply a gang member, a criminal or a drug dealer, move out of this city now,” Espy said, according to WREG. “I will put money on the line to assist those type of people to move out of the city.”

Espy said some benchmarks will be required of anyone who wants to take him up on his offer. “It’s not to say that you just want one criminal to move from one city to the next,” he said. “They just might not have the good opportunities that…

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