The judge said he’s excited to have the court up and running, and is hopeful its alternative sentencing and oversight mechanisms will work.
The purpose is “to help give those who have bravely served us all a second chance at leading healthy, productive lives,” he said in a news release.
The court, whose founding was a collaborative effort with multiple county departments, is made possible by a $117,000 grant from the Council of Accountability Court Judges. DeKalb County Superior Court has put in nearly $13,000.
To be eligible for the new the court instead of the traditional system, a defendant must be a veteran charged with a felony, where the cause of the behavior is related to a substance use and/or a mental disorder. High felonies, such as murder and rape, would disqualify them.