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LETTER TO RICK REIFF AT INSIDE OC ON PBS

Dear Rick:

I saw your show "Inside OC" talking about Prop 57 and "non-violent offenders".   I wanted to reach out because the largest number of "non-violent female offender's" right now in the criminal justice system are prostitutes.  
Please let me introduce myself.  My name is Jody Williams and I founded a 12 step program in 1987 originally called "Prostitutes Anonymous".  The jails/prisons were desperate back then to get as many who might be infected as possible out of the system so our program was greeted by a red carpet.  
The first year we helped clear out 1800 out of 2000 women, 400 transgenders, and another 800 men out of 2000 men (approximately) right out of the jails.  We were able to put another 100 women who were pregnant and HIV positive into an abandoned drug treatment program so they could also stay with their kids. 
Our study done right before we came into the facility was that almost every one of these female prostitutes had an …