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Decriminalize Domestic Violence to Save Money

 
 
Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2011 12:46 pm
Sure, why not?


Topeka, Kansas City Council Considers Decriminalizing Domestic Violence To Save Money
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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 th.....
 
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2011 12:57 pm
@edgarblythe,
Why not just broadcast these fights on ESPN 3 or 4? One can monetize the events by legalizing the subsequent gambling on which spouse will win that day's bout. Oh and the state can take a percentage of the ad revenues as well.

Just sayin.... Surprised
Questioner
 
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2011 12:59 pm
@tsarstepan,
Bumfights to the next level. Scary thought.

I'd actually vote for that idea though if the husband was handcuffed and kneecapped first and the wife got a baseball bat with nails in it. I'd pay to see that.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2011 01:02 pm
@edgarblythe,
firkin Kansas...

Ed, I followed your link, but I got this story about that dumbass Scott Walker in Wisconsin instead.

"Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) infamously used his state’s budget gap as pretext to strip collective bargaining rights from public sector workers, insisting that “Wisconsin is broke” and thus extraordinarily measures were required. But the state is apparently not that broke, as the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. just dropped “about $60,000″ on brand new iPads for every person on their staff, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Actually, they bought more than enough, purchasing 73 tablets for only 63 employees (they say the are in the middle of hiring more people). The agency is a public-private hybrid, but a spokesperson said the iPads were purchased with state dollars."

what exactly is a public/private hybrid agency supposed to do?

besides enhance the privates involved, I mean...
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2011 01:14 pm
@Questioner,
Questioner wrote:

I'd actually vote for that idea though if the husband was handcuffed and kneecapped first and the wife got a baseball bat with nails in it. I'd pay to see that.

Sounds fair to me. Smile
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2011 02:54 pm
@edgarblythe,

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By Marie Diamond on Oct 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm

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. [...]

Since the county stopped prosecuting the crimes on September 8th, it has turned back 30 domestic violence cases. Sixteen people have been arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery and then released from the county jail after charges weren’t filed. “Letting abusive partners out of jail with no consequences puts victims in incredibly dangerous positions,” said Becky Dickinson of the YWCA. “The abuser will often become more violent in an attempt to regain control.”

The YMCA also said that some survivors were afraid for their safety if the dispute wasn’t resolved soon. Town leaders and the district attorney all agree that domestic abuse cases should be prosecuted — but no one would step up to foot the bill. The city council is expected to make its decision on decriminalizing domestic violence next week, but the back-and-forth over funding has already put battered women and their families at increased risk of harm.

Domestic violence is still at epidemic levels in the United States, and too few cases are prosecuted as it is. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in four women will be a victim of domestic violence. And domestic abuse is a crime that damages entire communities, not just women. Witnessing violence between one’s parents is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next: boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partner when they grow up.

And while not prosecuting domestic violence cases may seem to save money in the short term, it actually has staggering financial consequences. The health-related costs of domestic violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year. Nearly $4.1 billion of that is for direct medical and mental health care services, and nearly $1.8 billion are for the indirect costs of lost productivity or wages. Victims lost almost 8 million days of paid work because of the violence.

It should go without saying, but apparently doesn’t, that preventing domestic abuse is essential to promoting communities’ economic and social well-being. That the Topeka City Council would even consider such action is a heartbreaking illustration of the consequences of austerity.

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Eva
 
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2011 09:38 pm
This is obscene. Evil or Very Mad
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 7 Oct, 2011 09:40 pm
@Eva,
I don't know what can be done about it. It seems the lawmakers ought to be criminally liable for what happens.
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