Stanek: 'Veterans Court likely coming to Lubbock'

Stanek: 'Veterans Court likely coming to Lubbock'

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A group of Texas Tech graduate students is pushing Lubbock County to begin a Veterans Court. It would serve former service members who have been charged with crimes and help them stay out of jail in certain circumstances.

District Attorney Sunshine Stanek says a Veterans Court should be coming, but the layout is still being worked out. 

"Right now we are trying to figure out which model will fit our county," Stanek said. 

Koleta Huntsinger served in the Air Force and says the specific treatment the court provides can go a long way. 

"It is so much easier for a veteran to come in and assist another veteran and get them to open up and they can talk about the experience they had at war and what's happened to them," Huntsinger said. 

Judge Bill Sowder's "Freedom Court" provides an alternative for drug users. He says our justice system's philosophy now will help the vet court get started.

"We're just thinking a different way now than we did 20 years ago. We just warehoused people and now we're tired of building prisons. People would get out and just continue to do the same thing," Sowder said. 

Stanek said there isn't a timetable for completion yet, but most are on board. She said this is the type of thing they want to make sure is right. 

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