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City Fed Up With High Crime Rate, Mayor Offers Up To $20 Thousand In Reward Money

By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The city of Philadelphia is reeling from a more than one-a-day murder rate so far in 2012. In an effort to stop the violence, Mayor Michael Nutter says the city is offering up to $20,000 in reward money in homicide cases.

Mayor Nutter held a public safety briefing at Strawberry Mansion High School. One component is a push to get judges to follow the Pennsylvania crime code and hand out five to seven-year prison terms, rather than probation, when someone is caught with an illegal weapon.

“Got a gun, go to jail.”

Mayor Nutter is putting a bounty on the head of every murderer in Philadelphia, offering serious reward money, with no exceptions.

“Every life is precious in this city and so now, we don’t have to wonder or wait to see whether or not there will be a reward offered. In every homicide in this city, we will offer up to $20,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a person involved in a homicide.”

The city has set aside $500,000 from the general fund.

Police Commissioner Ramsey says the protocol will have investigating detectives making recommendations on how critical the information is to crack a case, and then decisions will be made on the amount.

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  • Rosa Singh

    It took a long time to come up with something that might work.

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  • mrbluesays

    And try to remove all elements that cause these gun crimes…drugs, creat some jobs, and have activities after school and in summer to give bored kids some different things to do. And have programs to teach kids how not to fall into the trap of becomming baby mama’s and baby dad’s wile still children themselves, also look into legalizing marijuana that would curb lots of gun play. feel me ?

  • Tray

    How about a new judicial system of judges that will actually follow the crime code and put the criminals in jail instead of lowering their bail and giving them an opportunity to go out and kill! I blame the judges. The police have their hands tied because the criminals have so many rights and one little glich and the entire case is thrown out and the cop finds himself on desk duty.

  • Philly

    how about a new police commissioner? this guy has been a dud

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