County Considers Vets Court

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County is considering creating a specialty District Court program aimed at helping veterans who commit lesser crimes and suffer post-combat stress.

The creation of a veterans’ court received support last week from the County Commission, the legal community and District Attorney Steve Wolfson.

Commissioner Steve Sisolak warned the specialty court would not equate to a “get-of-of-jail-free card” for veterans who commit crimes.

Discussions began at a state level, when Assemblyman Elliot Anderson, a Marine, received complaints that legislation passed in 2009 creating veterans courts didn’t make them mandatory.

Washoe County in northern Nevada is the only county that has established a special court for veterans at the district court level. Henderson Municipal Court established a program last year.

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