Tuesday, April 14, 2009: 11:35 PDT Carson City, Nev. (AP) —
A Nevada Senate panel has been urged to support an Assembly-approved plan that would set up a specialized court for military veterans charged with nonviolent crimes while struggling to readjust to civilian life.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is considering AB187, proposed by Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, D-Las Vegas. Under the plan, veterans could go through a treatment program and, if they complete the program, have their criminal file sealed.
Critics have questioned why veterans should get such special treatment — and Buckley says “the answer is pretty obvious. They put their lives on the line for our protection. This is the least we can do for our vets.”
The bill is modeled after a veterans’ court in Buffalo, N.Y. — the first of its sort in the nation.