Prostitution court

Falling short of county expectations

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt on Tuesday revealed that a justice program aimed at helping residents charged with prostitution is falling short of expectations. Relying on the criminal and civil justice system to bootstrap these individuals who are in such serious need is simply not enough,” Eckhardt said during a Commissioners Court discussion of two items related to the Phoenix Court.

The program is administered by Travis County Counseling and Education Services. It seeks to divert from the jail system individuals caught up in the sex trade. Participants can scrub charges from their records by participating in mental health and substance abuse programs.

According to the program’s website, “It gives the defendant the opportunity to make their life more manageable through support and direction of a trained and experienced Court and case management team.”


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