Could Charlotte Scheme Reduce Prostitution in Durham?
Mayor Bill Bell said he is interested in a program police in Charlotte use. There, prostitutes are arrested for trespassing. But implementing that program isn't as simple as it sounds.Posted — Updated
“My question is: ‘Why can’t we do it here in Durham?’” Bell said.
In June, Bell suggested city officials look into Charlotte's "exclusion" program, which concentrates on a commercial part of the city's west end.
Most of the illegal activity locally is on street corners in North East Central Durham, one of the city's toughest neighborhoods.
In recent years, Durham police tried a "redirection" program in which they offered prostitutes drug and mental health counseling instead of jail time. Most of the women opted for jail, police said. As for Charlotte, the city council must vote next year to extend the program.
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