Twin Falls County to Open Problem Solving Court for Veterans

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BY BENTON SMITH

Twin Falls County will open a sixth type of problem solving court this fall, this one to handle an expected surge in cases involving veterans.

The 5th Judicial District — which covers south-central Idaho — already has problem solving courts working with various populations within the criminal system. It hopes its new court will help keep veterans from re-offending.

To slow growing dockets, Idaho expanded its problem solving courts in the early 2000s. Today the 5th District has five such courts, focusing on substance abuse, mental health and DUIs.

“We aren’t looking to get people just clean and sober, but we work to provide more stability in all aspects such as mental health and getting them settled, all of that,” said Shellie Phinney, Family Reunification Drug Court coordinator.

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