While circuit courts are adding veterans treatment courts in 2018, the Ninth Judicial Circuit will be seeking a waiver.
The circuit is asking for a pass because of the lack of local veterans to fill a program, in addition to the added costs that an alternative court brings with it. The Ninth Circuit includes the counties of Knox, Warren, Henderson, Fulton, Hancock and McDonough.
A state law passed last year mandated the alternative program which allows veterans who were honorably discharged to enter a guilty plea to a crime in exchange for a probation sentence.
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