Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
C.A.T.C.H. Court Holds 3rd Graduation
First Lady Karen Kasich hosted a graduation ceremony Friday in the garden at the governorâ€™s residence. The graduates were women whoâ€™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 â€œawesome.â€
â€œWhat these women have accomplished is miraculous, itâ€™s amazing and Iâ€™m proud of each and every one of them,â€ Herbert says.
Wendy Miller was the first to receive the CATCH diploma during the ceremony.
â€œJudge 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,â€ 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.