- Associated Press - Monday, May 25, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - A new veterans court intended to help rehabilitate veterans by diverting them from the traditional criminal justice system and providing judges with alternatives to jail sentences will be dedicated this week in northeast Ohio.

A ceremony for the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Veterans Treatment Court is slated for Friday in the county’s Justice Center in Cleveland. Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor is scheduled to give the keynote address.

The court will provide access to resources for treating brain injuries, drugs, homelessness and other issues that may have led to criminal acts.

Judges could transfer a veteran’s case to the court at their discretion. Veterans charged with any felony resulting in a sentence of probation or released from prison on probation may be transferred to the new court.

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