Law keeps veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder out of jail

Off topic, but interesting to see how one state has decided to approach returning combat veterans with mental health issues.

By Chris Roberts / El Paso Times

Posted: 08/30/2009 12:00:00 AM MDT

EL PASO — Combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder who are accused of certain crimes may soon have a choice between a trial or mental-health treatment.

El Paso judges last week took the first step in creating a Veterans Mental Health Treatment Court. They authorized the program for Judge Ricardo Herrera’s county criminal court.