Brown County considers veterans court

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Judges in Brown County are working to establish a special court for military veterans.

Judge Kendall Kelley says that in some cases military veteran offenders are more in need of treatment than prison. Kelley says the goal is to find the most effective way of dealing with the mental health issues that can plague veterans, such as post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Police, prosecutors and Veterans Administration officials would help direct the proper offenders to the court.

Judge Donald Zuidmulder tells the Green Bay Press-Gazette the veterans’ court could eventually be developed regionally and include other area counties.