North Carolina veterans treatment court opens

Idea is to create a path for veterans back to stable and productive lives.
November 6, 2013 4:12:57 PM PST
Governor Pat McCrory was on hand Wednesday for the kickoff of a legal experiment that could mean a second chance for military veterans charged with drug-related crimes.

North Carolina's first veterans treatment court opened in Harnett County thanks to a grant from the Governor's Crime Commission.

The idea is to take veterans out of the traditional criminal justice system and give them the structured support they need to get back on a path to productive and law-abiding lives. They'll get treatment, education and vocational programs, and community resources while being judicially monitored. 

Eligibility for the program is based on the severity of the charges the veteran faces.

"We plan to build on the successes achieved here by partnering with the military and local stakeholders to open more veterans courts across North Carolina so that we can give our veterans the support they deserve," said Governor McCrory.

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