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Register for the John School

 Have you been court-ordered to attend the John School? Read below for information on how to register.

What is the John School?
The Offenders Prostitution Program (OPP), or John School, is an 8-hour, all day seminar (so plan your weekend accordingly) led by Breaking Free staff, the St. Paul City Attorney's office, law enforcement, sexual and mental health experts, community members, and most importantly, survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution.

Who can attend?
The John School is intended for first-time prostitution offenders only. This program is not appropriate for chronic offenders, traffickers, or predatory sex offenders.

How much does it cost?
The cost to attend the John School is $750. The price of the class was set in agreement with the St. Paul City Attorney's Office, and all funds go directly to services for victims and survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution.

How do I pay?
You can pay for the John School with a money order or cashier's (bank teller's check) only. Personal checks and cash are NOT accepted. Cashier's checks or money orders must be made out to "Breaking Free." Payment is due the day you attend the class. If you come to class without the full payment or with the incorrect form of payment you will not be permitted to attend.

Where is it held?
Contact Breaking Free at (651)645-6557 to verify the location for upcoming classes.

When is it held?
The John School is held the third Saturday of every month, except December. The class lasts from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. You must be present for the entire class.

There is a half-hour break for lunch. Lunch is on your own.

What if I don't speak or understand English very well?
You are required to bring your own interpreter. Breaking Free will not provide an interpreter for you. If you attend class and do not seem to understand the program, we may ask you to leave the class.

How do I register?
To register for the John School, please call Breaking Free at (651) 645-6557 Monday-Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. State that you are calling to register for John School. You must provide your case number and the name of the county in which you were charged (found on your court documents or ask your probation officer). 

Breaking Free was established in October 1996, by Vednita Carter, Founder and President, as a non-profit organization serving women involved in systems of abuse, exploitation, and prostitution/sex trafficking.Phone: 651-645-6557
Address: P.O. Box 4366, St. Paul, MN 55104