I was really pleased that so many of you weighed in on my post about the prostitute problem in my area. (The neighborhood association sent out an e-mail asking folks to attend one woman's trial and press the judge to lock her up for a while.) Here's the update on what happened during her day in court. (I edited out any identifying information to protect privacy.)
On Thursday, September 13th, about fifteen Irvington residents appeared before Judge Heather A. Welch in Marion County Court for a hearing regarding ABC XYZ who has been arrested over 20 times for prostitution and other crimes. After hearing the evidence, Judge Welch agreed with the plea agreement and sentenced Ms. XYZ to the statutorily required 180 days on each of the three cases she pled with the knowledge that the sentences would be served consecutively. A fourth felony case was dismissed. The 540 day sentence will be executed in the Department of Corrections. This will work out to be approximately 218 actual days once you give her 1-for-1 good time credit and credit for days she served while her cases were pending. Ms. XYZ should be off the street for about 7 months.
So let's continue the conversation, shall we? Do you think the punishment is fair? If not, what could the neighbors have done to solve the problem? According to the original e-mail and comments on the last post, Ms. XYZ refused several chances at rehabilitation and has a history of crime. This is a really thorny issue that we'll never be able to solve on our own, but I'm willing to take the suggestions to the neighborhood association to see if they'll implement any of them. Keep in mind that from my observations most of the local women seem to have drug addiction problems.