Court program gives prostitutes another chance

AP News
Posted: Sep 26, 2014 3:10 PM

BEXLEY, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio court program that tries to permanently steer prostitutes off the streets through a variety of educational and medical interventions has honored its newest graduates.

First lady Karen Kasich (KAY'-sik) hosted the graduation ceremony Friday at the governor's residence for five program participants.

Franklin County Judge Paul Herbert, who started the program five years ago, says he came up with the idea after he realized many prostitutes in his courtroom shared the same problems as domestic violence victims.

Women in the program must attend weekly meetings in Herbert's courtroom, receive counseling and medical treatment and get help finding jobs and finishing high school degrees if needed.

Participants must also stay off the streets, observe curfews and be drug-free.