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?
Host: Scott Shafer
- Christopher Deutsch, director of communications for Justice for Vets, which advocates for the creation of veterans treatment courts
- Nick Stefanovic, U.S. Marine, combat veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and graduate of the Rochester, New York Veterans Treatment Court
- Stephen Manley, judge in the Santa Clara County Superior Court presiding over the Veterans Treatment Court
- Wendy Lindley, Orange County Superior Court judge overseeing the special treatment court for veterans