Veterans' Courts

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When veterans get in trouble with the law, substance abuse and mental health issues stemming from their military service are often contributing factors. A growing number of counties in the U.S., including Santa Clara, have set up special courts for veterans that favor treatment over punishment. How well do such programs work?


Stephen Manley, judge in the Santa Clara County Superior Court presiding over the Veterans Treament Court

Wendy Lindley, Orange County Superior Court judge overseeing the special treatment court for veterans

Nick Stefanovic, U.S. Marine, combat veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and graduate of the Rochester, New York Veterans Treatment Court

Christopher Deutsch, director of communications for Justice for Vets, which advocates for the creation of veterans treatment courts