Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor has created a firestorm of controversy in Topeka, Kansas by announcing that his office will no longer prosecute domestic abuse cases and other misdemeanors due to a lack of funds. Notably, Taylor was faced with a 10 percent budget cut, but elected to simply bar prosecution of crimes like domestic abuse.
Ten percent is a significant cut, but this seems rather draconian and dramatic as a response. I wonder, if the cuts continue, if Taylor will be drawing the line at first-degree murder and send those second-degree cases to mediation.
According to this report, Taylor gave city officials an offer after the outcry: give me $350,000 and I will start prosecuting domestic abuse and other crimes again. The city is trying to take the money out of the jail budget.
In the meantime, Topeka has shot to the top of the list for spouse abusers as the one number vacation spot of the nation.