Saturday, October 15, 2011

Topeka, Kansas decriminalizes spousal abuse

This is incredible -- Topeka, Kansas has decriminalized domestic abuse because they don't have the money to pay for enforcing and prosecuting it:

The city council voted to do this, 7-3.
"Topeka has had at least 35 reported incidents of domestic battery or assault since early September. Those cases are not being pursued, and as of last Friday, 18 people jailed have been released without facing charges, according to Topeka police."
In Kansas, the Shawnee County District Attorney's office has to reduce his work force by 17% as a result of a 10% reduction in his budget by the county commission. The local paper quotes him:
The layoffs "suck," Taylor said in an interview.
One commenter put it well:
Occupy Wall Street? Occupy MAIN street.
In many towns, including mine, domestic abuse calls are the leading reason for calls to the police.

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