SB 484

83(R) - 2013
Criminal Justice

Vote Recommendation

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John Whitmire

Bill Caption

Relating to the creation of a prostitution prevention program.

Fiscal Notes

Depending upon prostitution prevention program rates of participation, defendants' ability to pay, and payment schedules, as determined by the courts, there would be an indeterminate amount of revenue that would be generated by the fee imposed by the bill.

Bill Analysis

Summary: SB 484 would create a prostitution prevention program to counsel prostitutes on STDs, sex addiction, and substance abuse. This bill would allow a prostitute to petition a judge for nondisclosure of arrest records upon completion of the program. This bill would give the authority to establish this program to county commissioners courts. This bill would require the state attorney to consent to the defendant entering the program. This bill would require a program participant to pay a fee not to exceed $1,000.

Analysis: SB 484 would create an alternative to jail or probation for prostitutes. This could potentially save the taxpayers money. Additionally, this program could potentially reduce recidivism. This bill promotes personal responsibility by educating prostitutes on the consequences of their actions instead of throwing them in jail. We recommend voting YES on SB 484.