Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Arizona Now Taxing People For Crime of Being Related To Criminals

America’s favorite existential vacuum the state of Arizona is back in the news this week, just like every week, with some acutely awful new first-of-its-kind state law requiring state prison visitors to pay a $25 “background check fee” in order to be allowed admission to see their loved ones in jail. Oh, hey, we notice that “background check fee” is in scare quotes?

Yes, it is! Because that is only this dumb law’s stripper name, to go on the receipt. The money is not actually for background checks; instead it’s “to repair and maintain the prisons” ever since the Arizona state government lost interest in funding them (but not filling them!). Nice of those families to pick up Arizona’s crime-fighting bills? READ MORE »

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