C.A.T.C.H. Court Holds 3rd Graduation

Judge Paul Herbert with staff and enrollees in C.A.T.C.H. Court
Judge Paul Herbert with staff and enrollees in C.A.T.C.H. Court

First Lady Karen Kasich hosted a graduation ceremony Friday in the garden at the governor’s residence. The graduates were women who’d been charged with solicitation or prostitution. Instead of jail time, they chose to enroll in a program called C.A.T.C.H.

Franklin County Judge Paul Herbert started C.A.T.C.H Court in 2009. Since then there have been dozens of graduates from the two-year program. Herbert describes the women as “awesome.”

“What these women have accomplished is miraculous, it’s amazing and I’m proud of each and every one of them,” Herbert says.

Wendy Miller was the first to receive the CATCH diploma during the ceremony.

“Judge Herbert, God gave you as a gift to see us girls as young women, not as prostitutes or drug addicts. I turned from a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly and I will never, ever forget you,” Miller said.

C.A.T.C.H stands for Changing Actions to Change Habits. The three-phase program offers intensive rehabilitation for substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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