Wasilla Update – Palin Originated Rape Kit Policy

Thanks to Jacob Alperin-Sheriff of Huffington Post’s Off the Bus, another layer is uncovered in the Mayor Palin Rape Kit Debacle. Sarah Palin has adamantly denied knowledge of the practice (an embarassing admission in itself), while the campaign tries to dismiss the issue as a long-standing bureaucratic procedure that somehow slipped through the cracks.

However, thanks to unearthed documentation on Wasilla’s annual budget, we learn that neither of those assertions is true. In fact, the policy to charge victims for rape kits originated under Palin when Police Chief Charlie Fannon (specially-appointed by Palin when she took office) slashed the typical allotment from the department’s budget in 1999. Palin’s signature appears on the finincial documents that illustrate this change.

So Palin approved the new policy and, according to Tony Knowles – the Alaskan governor who made the policy illegal in 2000 – Wasilla was the only city in the state to implement such a practice. When they were forcd to repeal the policy, Fannon went on the record in protest – decrying burden on the taxpayers. His estimate was as much as $14,000 per year.

I guess the burden of a concurrently built $1.3 million (see comments) $15 million hockey rink was more palatable.

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2 Responses to “Wasilla Update – Palin Originated Rape Kit Policy”

  1. yohee Says:

    FYI Rink Cost $15 mill – $1.3 mill was how much extra they had to pay when the town (read: Palin) botched the process of consummating the land deal and had to fight a years worth of litigation to get it.

    Saving on rape kits while gorging on earmarks. She’s a Maverick™!

  2. Julie Ann Marra Says:

    Wow. Thanks for the correction!

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