Louisville to launch 1st ever veterans court in Kentucky

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by Bryan Baker

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 21 at 1:00 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville will launch the first ever veterans court in Kentucky.  The court will give veterans services and programs that are not available to average civilians, including substance abuse treatment, veteran-to-veteran mentoring, and psychological help. Veterans will have to face a judge every few months to update the court on progress. A federal grant is covering the cost of the court, $350,000 for three years.

Twenty slots are available but before the announcement no veterans had signed up.

The court aims to be a problem solving agent of the criminal justice system.  It’s not a "get out of a jail free pass" for veterans; instead the court takes the extra step to make sure those battling substance abuse, mental disorders or PTSD are being addressed. 

Kentucky will now be one of 20 states that have veterans court, and there's about 100 across the country. Currently there are about 300 veterans incarcerated at Louisville Metro Corrections. Veterans court hopes to help rehabilitate former service members so they don’t end up in jail or homeless.

A Veterans Court in Floyd County got started earlier this year.
 

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