New court in central Ga. aims to help veterans - New York News

New court in central Ga. aims to help veterans

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MACON, Ga. (AP) - A new court focused on veterans is set to open in January in middle Georgia.

The Telegraph reports that officials say the Veterans Court in Bibb County will provide an opportunity for some veterans to admit their crimes and be sentenced to treatment. The newspaper says if a veteran successfully completes the program, he or she will not receive a conviction on their record.

Bibb County District Attorney David Cooke says cases considered for the court will likely be ones linked to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Superior Court Judge Tripp Self says the court is not a "get out of jail free card for veterans" and that veterans not completing the program will be returned to the traditional criminal justice system.

Records show Georgia has five Veterans Courts.

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