Worcester Magazine had a report out earlier this week about a prostitution sting in Worcester, Mass. on May 11. But instead of arresting the people, they were offered treatment at medical or mental health facilities. The program was sponsored by the Worcester Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation.
Meanwhile, six men and two women were still charged. One of the women declined treatment.
A recurring theme I keep hearing in my own reporting about incarceration alternatives is that many people would rather do jail time than consider an alternative to jail or prison. It’s hard to face the issues one might have in life, my sources say. Jail is “easier” to complete. This is an issue I plan to address in my project, which I hope to have completed by year end.