Abt Associates, Inc.
Final Report on the Evaluation of the First Offender Prostitution Program, Abt Associates, Inc., prepared for Office of Research and Evaluation, National Institute of Justice
M. Shively, et al. — March 7, 2008
The First Offender Prostitution Program (FOPP) is designed to reduce the demand for commercial sex/human trafficking in San Francisco by educating men arrested for soliciting prostitutes (“johns”) about the negative consequences of prostitution. Eligible arrestees have the choice of paying a fee and attending a one-day class (“john school”), or being prosecuted. Findings include FOPP: (1) Has been effective in substantially reducing recidivism among men arrested for soliciting prostituted women; (2) Is cost-effective; and (3) Is transferable, having been successfully replicated in other locations.