End Taxation by Prosecution

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State law-enforcement regimes need to stop relying on prosecution fees for funding.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A sk most people what prosecution has to do with taxes, and you’ll be lucky to get an answer this side of Al Capone. Admittedly, other than the occasional tax cheat, the two do not appear to have much in common. So it may come as a shock to learn that local governments across this country not only expect prosecutors to generate revenue but also rely on them to make ends meet. It is taxation by prosecution, and it needs to stop.

The first half of this tax plan is as audacious as it is straightforward. Nobody wants a criminal record, let

Lars Trautman is a senior fellow of Criminal Justice and Civil Liberties at the R Street Institute and a former assistant district attorney.


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