A new Rikers pilot program aims to incentivize good behavior by rewarding well-behaved teens with tiny sums of cash and pizza parties.

The de Blasio administration has allocated $44.9 million for "Inmate Idleness Reduction Programming," which includes a pilot called "Adolescents Striving for Change." Launched July 5th, the goal is to educate the jail's younger inmates on "the importance of self-assessment, responsibility, accountability and how they benefit from positive behavior and hard work," the Daily News reports.

“As we have brought online more educational programming and services for our adolescent inmates, we’re also putting into place an incentive system to reward good behavior and keep our youthful detainees on the right path,” Department of Correction spokeswoman Eve Kessler told the tabloid in a statement.

Program participants will be given $5 for achieving various tasks and goals, like maintaining a clean cell and completing work detail assignments. They can use the money in the jail's commissary, or save it for their release. After 30 days of good behavior, they may be eligible for perks like pizza parties.

Not everyone is hopeful about the new program. “But I’m going to give you $25 for sitting in your housing area after you murdered a 5-year-old?” Correction Officers Benevolent Association President Norman Seabrook sniffed to the tabloid. “And we are going to use taxpayer money to do that? I don’t think so.”

Twenty five dollars seems like peanuts compared to, say, the million-dollar settlements paid to innocent men wrongly held at the jail, or the associated costs of the lawsuit filed by 22 inmates who claim they were beaten by guards in riot gear.

And anyway, the status quo is far from effective: The jail saw 108 stabbings and slashings in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, up from 88 in 2014 and 41 in 2011.