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Penny Wise but Pound Foolish in the Heartland: A Case Study of Decriminalizing Domestic Violence in Topeka, Kansas


Shelley Santry


University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

2012

Journal of Law & Family Studies, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2012
University of Louisville School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 2013-03

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On October 11, 2011, in a dangerous game of chicken, the city council of Topeka, Kansas, voted 7 to 3 to decriminalize misdemeanor domestic violence cases. This move came in response to the Shawnee County District Attorney, Chad Taylor, notifying the city that the District Attorney's office would no longer prosecute such cases arising within Topeka city limits due to budgetary constraints. District Attorney Taylor further advised that he would leave all misdemeanor prosecutions, including those for domestic violence, in the hands of city government, choosing instead to focus his office's limited resources on the prosecution of felonies alone. The District Attorney's notification was given despite the fact that the budget cuts proposed by the County Commission would not go into effect until 2012. Prior to the announcement, all misdemeanors other than domestic violence were handled by Topeka's municipal court.5 The Topeka City Council then advised it would cost the city an estimated additional one million dollars to pay for misdemeanor domestic violence prosecutions.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 23

Keywords: domestic violence, decriminalize, Topeka, Kansas, Shawnee County

JEL Classification: K00, K1, K10, K14, K42

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Date posted: February 23, 2013  

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Santry, Shelley, Penny Wise but Pound Foolish in the Heartland: A Case Study of Decriminalizing Domestic Violence in Topeka, Kansas (2012). Journal of Law & Family Studies, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2012; University of Louisville School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 2013-03. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2222224

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University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )
Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States
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