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Commissioners Court OKs John School

Thursday, December 22, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County will be sending men convicted of soliciting prostitution back to school. On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court voted to create an eight-hour prostitution solicitation education class, known colloquially as a John School. The aim is to educate men on the risks and consequences of purchasing sex on the streets. The program will likely cost $250, portions of which could help fund the Phoenix Court, which is designed to help women who have been convicted of prostitution. The John School proposal met opposition from Commissioner Gerald Daugherty, who explained that the program might not go down well with his western Travis County constituents. “If I thought I was going to have a hard time explaining the sobriety center to people versus what I would have to get into with this subject matter … I don’t even want to go there,” Daugherty said. The court’s sole Republican initially asked to delay a vote on the item, drawing protest from Commissioner Ron Davis who said that children in his precinct are sometimes exposed to prostitution on their way to school. “I mean, somewhere we’ve got to turn this thing around as quickly as we possibly can. No child should have to witness stuff like that,” Davis said, painting a vibrant enough picture to persuade Daugherty to relent to an immediate vote. In the end, the measure passed 4-1, with Daugherty the lone opponent.

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