Prosecution of prostitution related offenses, 2013-2017

Danny Cruz filed this request with the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office of Los Angeles, CA.
Est. Completion Nov. 13, 2018
Status
Fix Required

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From: Danny Cruz

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code ยงยง 6250), I hereby request the following records:

The number of prostitution-related offenses that were prosecuted by the Los Angeles City Attorney's office, and for those, what their outcome was (including ACD's and cases in which the defendant was referred to a diversion program) as well as any demographic information (gender, race, etc) available.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Danny Cruz

From: Danny Cruz

Hello,
I wanted to follow up on this request.
If it helps, I am looking for information regarding cases charged under 647b and 653.22

From: Danny Cruz

I am following up on this request sent Jan 2018.
Be Well,
Danny Cruz

From: Los Angeles City Attorney's Office

Yes, I emailed you about this some days ago. It took a while to confirm,
but we were not able to find any production to you in 2016. So we are
recollecting the documents for you. It will take at least a couple of
weeks.

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Strefan Fauble
Deputy City Attorney III

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From: Los Angeles City Attorney's Office

Mr. Cruz,

I don't recall seeing your California Public Records Act (CPRA) request
before. Perhaps it was mis-routed. In any case, I will start dealing with
it now. Because this will require my Office to compile data, I need to
extend the date to provide an initial response to Tuesday November 13,
pursuant to Government Code section 6253(c). I don't anticipate that it
will actually take that long, however.

-Strefan Fauble

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Strefan Fauble
Deputy City Attorney III

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From: Los Angeles City Attorney's Office

We do have responsive records, and people are in the process of collecting
the information. Let me see where things stand. I hope to have the
documents to you in a week.

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Strefan Fauble
Deputy City Attorney III

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From: Los Angeles City Attorney's Office

Dear Mr. Cruz,

Sorry that it has taken longer than I hope to get the relevant information
to you. Please see the responsive spreadsheet, attached.

As your request included a request for demographic information (gender,
race, etc), it may be helpful to understanding our data to clarify that our
Office does not independently collect demographic information. We rely on
the data as provided by the arresting agency, and we do not review or
verify the demographic data. Arresting agencies report race via a
one-letter code, and those letter codes are not consistently used by law
enforcement. Our Office recently reviewed data from 2012 through August
2018 as to the racial code reported by law enforcement on prostitution
offenses, and after analysis we have concluded that prostitution defendants
with "B", "H" and "W" race codes receive similar sentences, both for those
defendants with priors and those defendants without priors. We analyzed a
random sampling of 282 cases from 862 prostitution cases with convictions
after January 1, 2017. That date is significant as the law changed on that
date, with prior convictions no longer alleged as part of the complaint.
We reviewed these rap sheets to determine if the defendant had a prior
conviction. The results of our sampling show defendants with race code "B"
and race code "W" who have prior convictions received approximately equal
average jail sentences. Defendants with race code "H" showed a slightly
lower average jail sentence. Sentences are based on the criminal history
of the defendants and the strength of the case, not the race of the
defendants. We have also implemented victim-centered programs from
pre-booking/pre-filing through post-conviction to assist sex workers in
getting out of the life. Our Prostitution Diversion Programs show high
levels of referrals of women of color. For example, the Journey Out
program reports that out of 363 participants in 2017, 27% were Black, 29%
Asian Pacific Islander, 20% Hispanic, 14% Caucasian and 11% Bi-Racial.

I hope that helps.

Sincerely,
Strefan Fauble

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Strefan Fauble
Deputy City Attorney III

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