Wisconsin Veterans No Longer Allowed in Court Program

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Wisconsin district attorney has stopped allowing veterans to enroll in a court program designed for them, saying it's costly and doesn't meet national standards.

The Veterans Treatment Court was set up in 2009 to help service members charged with drug and alcohol violations, along with other crimes. Defendants get treatment through the Department of Veterans Affairs and can see charges reduced or dismissed if they successfully finish the program.

Thirty veterans have participated in the program, including 11 who are still enrolled.

But Rock County District Attorney David O'Leary has told his staff to stop accepting people into the program. He says one concern is that drug tests aren't as frequent as they should be. He tells the Janesville Gazette the problem also eats up staff time.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to comments@wsaw.com.
Please provide detailed information.
All comments must adhere to the WSAW.com discussion rules.

powered by Disqus
WSAW-TV 1114 Grand Ave. Wausau, WI 54403
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 206648221 - wsaw.com/a?a=206648221
Gray Television, Inc.