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Texas Might Reconsider Imprisoning Prostitutes [POLL]

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Texas is reconsidering the imprisonment of prostitutes. Currently, if a prostitute is charged with 3 counts of prostitution, they are charged with a felony.

Right now there are more than 350 inmates in prison on prostitution charges. There are state officials who are wondering if this is a gross waste of prison space and resources.

“It’s nuts that we’ve got this many¬†prostitutes¬†in prison, people that we’re not afraid of, but we’re just mad at,” state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston said.

According to sources, it costs between $15,500 and $18,538 per year to house an inmate in a Texas prison. On the other hand, it costs only about $4,300 for a community rehabilitation center for a year.

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