There are some days where the wastefulness in the criminal justice system makes me sick. Last Wednesday, November 7 was one of those days. On the weekend of October 13, 2013, during the government shutdown, the Metropolitan Police Department conducted “Operation off the Streets 2.” This operation, which probably cost the city millions of dollars in resources, resulted in the arrest of over 60 people in undercover prostitution operations.
Almost everyone arrested were first time offenders or people with very limited criminal history. Almost everyone arrested was released on what’s called “citation release.” That means the police released them at the station after booking them and gave them a citation to come to court at a future date. That brings us to November 7—the day they set all 60 of these arrests for arraignment. Some of them hired DC prostitution lawyers in advance others got court appointed attorneys on the day of arraignment.