Remember the other day when I commented on the way we make up for any budget shortfall by taking further from those who can least afford it?
Well, Topeka, Kansas, has found a way to punish the vulnerable at an even crazier level than you might previously have believed possible:
The Topeka City Council on Tuesday voted to repeal the city’s law against misdemeanor domestic battery, the latest in a budget battle that has freed about 30 abuse suspects from charges.
One of the offenders was even arrested and released twice since the brouhaha broke out Sept. 8.
I like that when they look at ignoring crimes to save space in the jails, they start with violent crimes targeted at woman and children rather than, say, drugs offences that do not affect people other than the offender.
Topeka, Kansas. Where they save a few bucks by letting people beat their wives.* Bravo, America. Bravo.
*Assaulting someone is still conceivably an offence, even if it’s within the home – it’s just that they won’t bother prosecuting it, as the “misdemeanour domestic battery” charge has been repealed.