Topeka, the capital city of Kansas, is considering what some have said ammounts to decriminalizing domestic violence in a desperate bid to save money.
The city is currently facing its worst budget crisis since the Great Depression in 1930. The move has been considered after a 10 per cent budget cut has forced local prosecutors to pull back on prosecuting misdemeanor cases – including domestic violence.
“Last month, the Shawnee County District Attorney’s office, facing a 10 per cent budget cut, announced that the county would no longer be prosecuting misdemeanors, including domestic violence cases, at the county level,” reports Think Progress.
The council is expected next week to consider the proposed changes, which would include repealing the part of the code that bans domestic battery.