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The Honorable Dimple Malhotra, County Court at Law #4

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The purpose of Phoenix Court is to assist commercially sexually exploited persons who are considered victims of abuse. The pre-adjudication program, which lasts 1 to 2 years, aims to make lives more manageable through support and direction of an experienced Court Team by using a holistic approach providing comprehensive, community-based services as participants recover from trauma of sex trade.

Program

The voluntary Pre-adjudication program:

  • Consists of 4 phases providing integrated services, to include:
    • Case management
    • Service linkage to counseling
    • Job skills training, employment, education, and medical assistance
    • Housing
    • Substance use disorder counseling
  • Weekly meetings with case manager
  • Weekly to bi-monthly court attendance, depending on phase
  • Random drug testing

Upon completion, charges will remain dismissed and are eligible for immediate expunction

  • Must be 17 years of age or older
  • Available to women, men and transgendered individuals
  • Must have a current misdemeanor or reduced felony prostitution charge
  • May be brought into the program on a charge other than prostitution if a history of prostitution exists
  • No violent offenses, though exceptions may be made
  • No evidence of being a perpetrator, pimp or trafficker
  • Must reside in Travis County
  • Assessed as medium to high risk for criminal recidivism
  • Assessed as medium to high risk for being in an abusive situation over the past year
  • Assessed as having a substance use disorder or PTSD
  • Potential participants are identified at Central Booking and are screened by a Counseling & Education Services caseworker for eligibility
  • Participation in the program must be agreed to by the County Attorney, Defense Attorney (Judith Bohr and Jessica Bernstein), and Judge

Contact Person

Melanie Collins
(512) 854-3985

TAX RATE: TRAVIS COUNTY ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR’S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 3.5 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $10.39.

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