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  •  They're already rife throughout the country (3+ / 0-)
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    We have them in Ohio. Cleveland has had one for a long time, and it's generated mental health courts as well, and now veterans courts, which are the latest iteration and starting to grow.

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 08:26:36 AM PST

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    •  Veterans' courts? (0+ / 0-)

      I'm not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand, veterans get a raw deal in so many ways, especially with mental health issues and so on, that were indeed caused in many cases by their service.

      On the other hand, 'one court for the veterans and one for everyone else' doesn't sound like a good idea to me at all.

      •  No, it is (1+ / 0-)
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        These courts don't necessarily provide veterans with some major advantage. It's not like - oh, you committed a crime, but you are a veteran, so have the kid-gloves court.

        These are just courts that are better equipped to handle the challenges of being a veteran. Rather than standard probation, we might be looking at a PTSD-treatment plan. Or something similar. They are targeted courts that provide for better rehabilitative possibilities for those who would have gotten deferred adjudication anyway.

        "I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil." ~Bobby Kennedy

        by Grizzard on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 02:46:42 PM PST

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        •  Mmf (0+ / 0-)

          I still don't know. They recently did a really interesting study that says that kids raised in violent areas suffer the exact same sort of PTSD that combat veterans do, many of them even to the same degree that a full combat stint in Iraq could give you. And there are a fuckload more of them than there are combat veterans. But here you are, obviously meaning well, saying that we need a veterans' court that can handle PTSD counseling and so forth.

          The truth is, all of our courts need to be more sensitive to that sort of thing. And if veterans get a court that is, and kids who watch their parents get shot get a court that isn't, that's simply not justice.

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