PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office has launched a new program that could allow veterans who commit certain crimes and suffering from a mental condition like PTSD to get treatment rather than jail time.
It’s called the Veteran Diversion Program.READ MORE: Local Doctor Joins 14 World War II Veterans In Hawaii Visiting Pearl Harbor On 80th Anniversary
“We owe it to our veterans who have done so much to protect our freedoms to try to help them when they suffer from some of the consequences of their service,” said Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina. “Treatment might be a better option for them than the consequences of a criminal conviction, and the program gives them an opportunity to be diverted into treatment, and, if all goes well, to have the charges either never filed or, if they have been filed, to get them dismissed and expunged from their record.”READ MORE: 3 People Shot Inside Bar In Philadelphia's Holmesburg Section, Police Say
The program was established under a law signed earlier this year by Governor Chris Christie. The county prosecutor is the sole discretion to determine eligibility.MORE NEWS: Former Chester County Day Care, Preschool Director Arrested For Failing To Report Child Abuse, Prosecutors Say