24 Jan Judge DiSalvo begins new program.
Starting next month, the judge will initiate a new program for the court aimed at recognizing those victims and getting them help, instead of simply locking them up. It’s something she started working on soon after being sworn in last November. “It’s inherently unjust to treat these people who are being forced into this life as criminals when they come in. They’re being forced into this,” Disalvo said. It’s called “Growth Restored through Acceptance, Change and Empowerment” — or “GRACE” and will be patterned after similar programs already running in Columbus and elsewhere.
We are seeing victims of human trafficking come before our bench. Come before our courts under driving-under-suspension, solicitation, theft,
The program will offer screening to offenders to determine the sort of treatment they need and then get them into counseling. Read more here.