08/21/2010 // Dallas, Texas, US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Dallas, Texas – A new program in Dallas gives prostitutes a chance at rehabilitation in place of a criminal sentence or in conjunction with one. As reported by the Dallas Morning News, The Prostitution Diversion Initiative provides women who are faced with charges related to prostitution options for turning their lives around, treating them as victims as opposed to criminals.
Mary Mathieu, who successfully completed a comprehensive rehabilitation program, is quoted in the report as stating of the opportunity afforded to her, “I was on drugs, my life was down, was going to waste, I wasn’t on my medication… The court came in my life and helped me out. I got my strength and my energy back, and I feel better, I look good.”
Judge Peggy Hoffman presides over PRIDE (Positive Recovery Intensive Divert Experience) Court.
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