Published: October 11, 2011
TOPEKA, Kan. — The startling vote came up at a City Council meeting here on Tuesday, provoked by a run-of-the-mill budget dispute over services that had spun out of control: decriminalize domestic violence...
"...Eighteen people have been arrested on domestic violence charges since September and released without charges because no agency is accepting new cases. That has raised concerns among advocates for victims of domestic violence, some of whom gathered Tuesday outside government buildings to express outrage over the gamesmanship..."
An increase in gang activity? What do gangs engage in? Drugs? What if drugs were legalized and our approach to drug abuse was to offer treatment to addicts when they chose to seek treatment, because their life was not working so well for them? Why not stop spending millions to fight a losing war on drugs, creating gangs, gangsters, turf wars, and drying up our resources to help victims of crimes that are not drug related?
"...'To have public officials pointing fingers while victims of domestic violence are trying to figure out who will protect them is just stunning,' said Joyce Grover, executive director of the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.
Though Kansas and its capital city have fared better than much of the country in this struggling economy, they are not immune to fiscal strains. The district attorney’s budget of $3.5 million was cut by 10 percent, which would force about a dozen layoffs. Meanwhile the office is dealing with what Mr. Taylor describes as a 'recent uptick in violent crime,' which he attributed to increased gang activity...."
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