All over the country, special “problem-solving” courts deal with specific types of criminal behavior, separate from the regular court system. There are drug courts, sex offense courts, mental health courts, and now, veterans’ courts.
Soldiers who commit certain crimes after returning home with mental health disabilities are treated differently than others who break the same laws and go through traditional courts. Some judges believe a vet’s service to the country merits special legal consideration. Need to Know correspondent Maria Hinojosa went to Texas to find out more.