HOUSTON (AP) A former prostitute in Houston has teamed up with law enforcement and the courts to reform women who are jailed with long histories of prostitution.

Kathryn Griffin Grinan's We've Been There Done That program has been successfully helping some of these women for nearly 10 years. She created the nonprofit after she successfully got off drugs and stopped being a prostitute with the help of a Harris County specialty court.

Now with a taxpayer-funded budget of about $40,000, Griffin is working in the jail.

Griffin makes the women share their stories. She says that by being able to openly discuss the sexual and physical abuse they underwent, they are able to confront what led them to the streets.

Since January more than 40 women have been sentenced to the program.