Kansas City fights violent crime with carrot-stick program

Sunday, March 24, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — Despite decades of initiatives to stem violent crime, Kansas City residents continue killing each other at a rate five times higher than the national average, prompting officials in this Missouri city best known for barbecue and jazz to turn to an alternative law enforcement approach that offers incentives to convicted and would-be criminals to change their ways.