Cook County Prostitution Laws: Officials Call For End To Felony Arrests

03/23/2013 11:13 am ET

Story by Emily Morris, courtesy DNAinfo.com Chicago:

CHICAGO — As Cook County Jail fills with inmates waiting to be charged, tried or sent to prison, some officials are calling for an end to felony prostitution arrests in hopes of easing overcrowding.

Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer and Board President Toni Preckwinkle introduced a resolution at a County Board meeting on Wednesday that asks authorities to stop charging people caught dealing in the sex trade with felony prostitution.

They also called for Illinois legislators to remove the felony prostitution charge option from state law. Such a measure has been passed by a Senate committee.

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