Stockton gun violence outbreak puts response program in spotlight

Innovative program funnels resources and attention to young men otherwise unlikely to have access to city services

"Mayor Michael Tubbs is attempting to be proactive following the aftermath of a sudden surge of deadly shootings in Stockton," Ca., according to, which adds:

"One of the partnerships the city has linked with is the controversial Advance Peace. The gun violence reduction program, born in Richmond, pays a privately funded stipend to young people in order for them to put down their weapons."

"Advance Peace is dedicated to ending cyclical and retaliatory gun violence in American urban neighborhoods," according to their web site, which adds: "We invest in the development, health, and wellbeing of those at the center of this crisis."

Last fall, the Washington Post looked into how the program has been working in other cities, explaining:

"Advocates consider it an innovative program that funnels resources and attention to young men otherwise unlikely to have access to city services. But the financial incentive, which officials note is a relatively small part of their program, has fueled its opposition."

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs addresses the controversy on his own web site:

Let me be clear, Advance Peace is not a get out of jail free card. Participating in this program doesn't erase the past, but it does help these young men learn how to make better choices for their own and for our community’s collective future. Another misconception about this program is that it pays criminals to not shoot each other.

There's a report on the how the program works in Sacrament at

The Record in Stockton reported that about 40 people spoke on the issue before City Council voted in favor of partnering with Advance Peace early last year:

You can also follow Advance Peace on Twitter at: @weadvancepeace


Photo: Aerial view of Stockton, CA, via Wikipedia.