CLEVELAND - Councilman Eugene Miller plans to introduce a new ordinance on Monday that will make tougher penalties for those caught in the city soliciting.
“We are trying to make it harder because the penalties must not be a problem,” said Miller.
His plan would increase the time in jail for a first offense from three days to 10 days. Fines would increase from $250 to $450.
“We have in our ward a quality of life issue,” Miller said. The main problem seems to be on Euclid Avenue near Haldane. Ward 10 has 15 cameras, according to Miller, with 7 cameras just on Euclid alone.
The other parts of his legislation include procuring prostitution, which could land an offender 30 days for a first offense and as many as 90 days on a third offense.
A prostitution charge would be five days up to 20 days behind bars and a third offense with fines reaching $450.
Miller plans to hold a press conference to announce his plan.
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