ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Court administrators in St. Louis are hopeful a new approach will help troubled veterans who are nonviolent offenders struggling with alcohol and drug addiction.
It's called a Veterans Treatment Court, and experts say the model has worked well in other states. The court was being introduced Friday in St. Louis.
Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill says the model is similar to drug courts that have proven successful in Missouri.
Under the Veterans Treatment Court, nonviolent offenders can avoid jail time and get into a program aimed at ending addictions to drugs or alcohol.
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