DeKalb begins putting military veterans through special court

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By Joshua Sharpe

DeKalb County is launching a court for veterans with substance and mental health issues contributing to their crimes.

Superior Court Judge J. P. Boulee initiated the program, which is akin to other alternative courts such as DUI and drug courts. Participants of the two-year program must attend counseling, get a veteran mentor, submit to random drug screens and appear weekly in court in front of Boulee.

“DeKalb recognizes that our veterans are returning home and not in the same condition, mentally and physically, in which they left,” a news release from the county said. “The (court) is an opportunity for DeKalb to deal with the revolving door of the criminal justice system that waits for veterans who are suffering from untreated and unmanaged substance use and/or co-occurring disorders.”

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