A judge in Dallas County is starting up a court targeted for troubled veterans.
Dallas, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) – A judge in Dallas County is creating a specialized court for veterans with mental health issues. As reported by the Dallas Morning News, the court will join the list of several others across the globe that seek to identify the unique issues of military veterans, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, that may have significantly contributed to their crimes.
District Judge Mike Snipes, who participated in a forum this week in Austin pertaining to the special courts, is quoted in the report as stating of the matter, “We’re seeing more and more examples of people coming out of there with post-traumatic stress disorder, unique mental difficulties that have to do with combat-related issues.”
Assistant District Attorney Craig McNeil is further quoted as stating, “If the reason someone offends is because they have underlying issues – post-traumatic stress or related drug or alcohol addiction – we want to try and treat that… We want to give people the opportunity to correct an issue that’s not really their fault.”
More information about how the special court will operate may be available at http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/yahoolatestnews/stories/033010dnmetvacourt.1fb94098e.html.
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