At the end of about a year, we would then go to the courts with their employment record, housing record, a letter from a local pastor, minister, rabbi or monk (depending upon their religion), along with their sponsor and we'd informally appeal to the court to expunge their record. No we do not support an "across the board" expungment because sometimes honestly the person IS a dangerous criminal and shouldn't be trusted in the workplace. However, we found anyone willing to go through a year rehabilitation process with us was sincere in wanting to change their lifestyle.
Counties found they could also make MORE money by BUILDING bigger jails. Okay how do you do that? Well you overstuff the ones you have, that's how. Suddenly, we're getting less and less referrals and we're not being asked anymore to set up "formal" alternative sentencing programs in the USA anymore. We thought this would all change when the Trafficking Act of 2000 was passed giving sex trafficking federal recognition, but that victory was short-lived. By 2002, Randall Tobias came in and took all of that money and transferred it to "faith based groups" only, all of who our history had shown universally failed when it came to working with prostitutes. Now why would you want to fund failure?
I'll tell you why. Because in 2003, after this had passed, every meeting of our program which was being held at every Salvation Army or Catholic Charity across the USA at this point in time was banned from their property. Everyone of our members who worked for them in some capacity like "outreach", was fired. Women we had been working with were all booted right out of the program. It was a house-cleaning and I had no idea why. If we had been ineffective, I'd understand.