Major Charmaine McGuffey, a Hamilton County jailer, recently stated to WKRC-TV that many women arrested for prostitution are also heroin users, and that this spurs them to engage in this illegal activity to help feed the addiction. Because of overcrowding in the jail, however, these individuals are immediately released, leaving no time for detox from harmful substances. An important aspect of the prostitution court would be the time devoted to detox, which could potentially happen immediately upon arrest, before the offender would go before Judge Russell to begin work on treatment. Although these services can be costly, WKRC-TV reports that some initial funding may be available for a few participants to access inpatient services at Cincinnati's Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment (CCAT) House, which is a "medically monitored detox center."
According to the Enquirer editorial, Russell and the Sheriff's Department want to begin a pilot program from October through December of this year, but may not have access to all the required funding. A similar program is already in place in Franklin County and has been successful in that area. Montgomery County has also recently launched a women's drug court, dealing with related issues.