Report Urges Reduced Punishment for Prostitution

A new report by the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition argues that reducing penalties for prostitution and sending more defendants to diversion programs would decrease the practice and save the state money.

Advocates and some lawmakers say that prostitution is often a sign of victimization, and that it should be treated that way by the criminal justice system. “These women don’t belong in prison because they’ve been victims of everything you can think of,” said Ana Yáñez-Correa, who authored the report and is executive director of the coalition.

The report aims to bolster efforts to pass House Bill ...

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