Judge Marc Carter, a United States Army veteran, and presiding judge of the 228th District Court of Harris County, will add to his judicial duties. He will be presiding over a new Veterans’ Court Program in Harris County, that will be the first of its kind in Texas. The goal of this court will be to give a second chance to veterans facing criminal charges.
The court will aid veterans who turn to drugs or alcohol because of a brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder related to combat. The Harris County Commissioner’s Court approved a six-month pilot of the veterans’ court earlier this month, that will assist honorably discharged veterans or current members of the military who suffer from mental illness, mental disorder and/or substance abuse because of their military service. In order to be eligible for the pilot court a felony or misdemeanor defendant must be probation eligible and want treatment. The probation will require a defendant to undergo six months of treatment for substance abuse or mental illness at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston.
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