I served four months on Rikers Island after pleading guilty to one count of promoting Prostitution. I forfeited all my personal assets and was left indigent- and unemployable.
For 2.5 years I have been considered a sex offender – not by criminal justice standards but by the Department of Probation. They consider promoting prostitution a sex offense and lumped me into the same category as serial rapists and pedophiles.
For the last couple of years I have met and complied with the stringent probationary demands placed on sex offenders. I have checked in with my PO weekly in a visit that takes 4 hrs on average, attended over 70 sex offender therapy sessions, been randomly drug tested and submitted to surprise home visits. I have also been subjected to sitting in a room for hours with “real” sex offenders and listened to their horror stories and been hit on.
Today I am free. Thanks to my excellent attorney, Dan Hochheiser, and the fair Judge, Justice Thomas Farber – I have been released from probation.
Running for Governor while on probation proved to be a challenge- but I am proud of the pro-freedom agenda I ran on. Politics in New York needs more feminists.
It cannot help but occur to me that Eliot Spitzer paid no such penalty for his crimes while I received a sentence, which seems quite harsh for a first-time, non-violent offense.
Having seen the system from the inside, I have learned a great deal and am committed to reforming the inequities I’ve experienced. Our criminal justice system must treat men and women equally.
Now that I can travel without restriction I intend to visit Albany to lobby for a Gay Marriage bill and to draw public attention to the conditions and atrocities going on at Riker's Island.