Topeka gives us another great budget-cutting idea

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Topeka, Kansas City Council Considers Decriminalizing Domestic Violence To Save Money
Faced with their worst budget crises since the Great Depression, states and cities have resorted to increasingly desperate measures to cut costs. State and local governments have laid off teachers, slashed Medicaid funding, and even started unpaving roads and turning off streetlights.

But perhaps the most shocking idea to save money is being debated right now by the City Council of Topeka, Kansas. The city could repeal an ordinance banning domestic violence because some say the cost of prosecuting those cases is just too high:

Last night, in between approving city expenditures and other routine agenda items, the Topeka, Kansas City Council debated one rather controversial one: decriminalizing domestic violence.

Here’s what happened: Last month, the Shawnee County District Attorney’s office, facing a 10% budget cut, announced that the county would no longer be prosecuting misdemeanors, including domestic violence cases, at the county level. Finding those cases suddenly dumped on the city and lacking resources of their own, the Topeka City Council is now considering repealing the part of the city code that bans domestic battery. […]

I wonder do these decriminalizations include marijuana use? Prostitution?

But hey, just imagine how much money governments at the local, state and federal levels could save if they legalized murder and theft…

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  1. Yes, let’s decriminalize domestic violence, but continue to overwhelm our prisons with those who have committed nonviolent drug-related crimes. I’m still waiting to figure out where the logic comes in…