Ohio Lawmakers Considering Bill to Help Ariel Castro's Victims
Ohio legislators are expected to consider a bill this week that would give cash reparations, as well as other benefits, to the three women who were kidnapped, raped, and imprisoned by Ariel Castro for more than a decade at his Cleveland home.
This summer, Castro pleaded guilty to numerous counts, and was sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 1,000 years. He was found hanged in prison in September.
The bill would provide the women - Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus - with annual checks of $25,00 for each year that they were held. Ohio would also seek a waiver to grant them lifetime Medicaid coverage, as well as pay tuition and living expenses at a state university or college.
The bill could be voted on by a House committee on Wednesday.