Clermont County, Ohio, has found a more practical solution than putting parents who can’t pay child support in jail. It finds them jobs.
Ohio was hit hard by the recession. The jobs program, called Success Through Employment Program or STEP, was started in 2007 with a grant from the Ohio prison system. It has a 47% placement rate.
Once the parents find a job, they are able to help support their children, which makes a lot more sense than putting them in jail.