Court Program Allows Veterans To Choose Treatment Instead Of Jail Time
“Their service frequently creates their problem. They come out and they self-medicate with drugs and or alcohol for PTSD that should be properly treated then they’ll pick up DUI’s or some other criminal behavior,” says San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Barbara Kronlund.
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Treatment Program Helps Veterans Struggling With PTSD Stay Away From Jail
Veterans coming home often struggle with PTSD, and that can lead to arrest and jail. A court in Stockton has a unique way of dealing with the problem. San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Barbara Kronlund presided over the graduation of 6 veterans who completed Veterans Treatment Court. All were arrested on various charges but instead of fines or jail time, they chose probation and treatment which lasted from one to two years, says Kronlund. (Ibarra, 4/3)