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      New courts will look at prostitution cases

      <p>Courts in the Ann Arbor area have been awarded state grants to try different kinds of justice.</p>

      Courts in the Ann Arbor area have been awarded state grants to try different kinds of justice.

      A human trafficking court is being created in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti to handle certain prostitution cases. The cases will be reviewed to determine if women are victims of human trafficking and forced into prostitution.

      The women will be offered services instead of jail.

      Separately, Washtenaw County Circuit Court will develop a "peacemaking court," using American Indian principles for resolving disputes. Officials hope it will reduce recidivism and improve compliance with court orders.

      Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. says the programs could be expanded to other courts if successful.