Prostitution cases are a difficult challenge for the court system. The underlying issues are often complicated, and many defendants go right back to offending behavior when the get out of the system. For a neighborhood, being known as a prostitution area is demoralizing, and seeing a known prostitute get arrested and then go right back out on street is discouraging.
In order to better understand the issue, we thought we would analyze the way that these cases are currently handled by the court system. We wanted to answer several questions: "What Are the Ages of Prostitution Arrestees at Time of Arrest?" "Which Commands Make the Majority of Prostitution Arrests?" "What Types of Dispositions Do Prostitution Cases Receive?" "What Types of Bronx Community Solutions Sentences are Imposed?" "How Long are Jail Sentences For Prostitution Offenses?" "What Penalties Are Imposed for Failure to Complete Bronx Community Solutions Mandates? To see our findings, Read More.
To get a good snapshot we analyzed all the cases from six month period. We identified 342 arrests for prostitution charges in the Bronx between March 5, 2007 and September 22, 2007. Out of those arrests, a total of 255 individuals were identified (43 of whom were arrested more than once during this period). Additionally, at least 56% of these individuals are likely to have a substance abuse issue, based on the charges of their previous arrests and 39% where designated as Operation Spotlight persistent misdemeanor offenders (were the information was available). By analyzing court records, Bronx Community Solutions staff learned the following information.
What Are the Ages of Prostitution Arrestees at Time of Arrest?
What Types of Bronx Community Solutions Sentences are Imposed?
How Long are Jail Sentences For Prostitution Offenses?