Jindal proposing new court program for veterans

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Gov. Bobby Jindal says he'll ask lawmakers to create a specialized court program to treat military veterans convicted of nonviolent drug crimes.

The program would be modeled after the state's “drug court” program, which diverts people convicted of nonviolent drug crimes to substance abuse treatment with probation supervision, rather than prison. Successful completion of the program ends with the crime expunged from a person's record.

Jindal says veterans have specialized circumstances and should have their own treatment programs, which would also assist with mental health illnesses, job training and housing assistance.

The bill will be sponsored by Sen. Elbert Guillory of Opelousas for consideration in the legislative session that begins March 10.

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2/28/2014 2:32:26 PM (GMT -6:00)

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