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‘We Do Not Address Veterans as Criminals’

Judge James T. Gleason discussed how he runs the Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court during a lunch-and-learn session last Tuesday at the Creighton University School of Law. Gleason, who is a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran, was invited to speak by the school’s Military Law Society. Gleason explained how the court is modeled off the success of drug courts. He said the problem-solving court is successful at reducing recidivism while saving taxpayers money. “We do not address veterans as criminals,” Gleason said. “They’re law-breakers, but they’re not criminals. We don’t look at it from that point of view. We look at it as clientele that have issues.” To be eligible for the Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court, cases have to request or be referred for placement. The client must be charged with a felony and be serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces or the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve or Army or Air National Guard. While the court is based in Douglas County, Gleason said a couple cases also have been considered from adjacent counties. For more information, visit dc4dc.com/douglas-county-veterans-treatment-court.
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