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Veterans road to readjustment

Michigan’s 7th Judicial Circuit Court oversees several "specialty courts” that are designed to address the underlying reasons men and women find themselves involved in a court case in the first place. (WEYI/WSMH)

FLINT, Mich. - Michigan’s 7th Judicial Circuit Court oversees several "specialty courts” that are designed to address the underlying reasons men and women find themselves involved in a court case in the first place.

One of those courts is the Genesee County Veterans Treatment Court which is a joint initiative involving the Circuit and Probate courts. Begun in 2012, the court is dedicated to a Mt. Morris Township soldier, Dwayne Cherry, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder before committing suicide earlier that same year.

The goal of the program is to identify veterans who are awaiting trial and give them a chance to plead guilty to a criminal charge and receive a delay in sentencing.

“This is no break,” says Judge Jennie Barkey, “What it basically does, it coerces them into getting the treatment they need. The crime that they commit is directly related to the emotional injuries they have suffered.”

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