Texas Panel Urges Criminal Justice System Tweaks to Help Veterans

An advisory group on veterans services convened by the Texas legislature recommended the criminal justice system be tweaked to accommodate veterans, says the Grits for Breakfast blog. Quoting the Dallas Morning News, the advisors said that “veterans' health and mental health needs should be a priority of the criminal justice system. It recommended that the state fund expansion of the Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program.
Denton County, a conservative bastion, opened its own veterans court, according to the Denton Record Chronicle. The blog says “it’s important to remember that, in the scheme of things, a ‘veterans court’ is really just a specialized mental health court. So their success hinges on overcoming all the same barriers and shortages that impact non-veteran defendants suffering from mental illness and substance abuse.”

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