by Mike Ferguson
(St. Charles, MO) – Missouri’s courts, police and the justice system in general have been in the headlines almost constantly for the past nine months. From the violence in Ferguson, MO to “speed traps” some lawmakers call “taxation by citation”, calls for reforms are coming from both sides of the political aisle. Regardless of what happens as of the end of the Legislative Session, these are issues that will stay in the news and will continue to be debated.
This week, State Rep. Paul Curtman (R) discusses some of the reforms being considered by the State Legislature. From limiting how much cities can collect in revenues from speeding tickets to the use of red light cameras to proposed changes to what police officers are allowed to do in cases where force is used, there could be major changes coming to the state.
Also, a special court program being used in central Missouri is already showing results. Judge Michael Bradley explains Boone County’s Veterans Treatment Court, which provides a path for vets who find themselves on the wrong side of the law. It’s a system that could be used throughout the state soon.
The specialized court works with vets who have already pleaded guilty to some crimes but may be dealing with issues that contributed to their choices. These could include PTSD, mental illness or substance abuse. The concept is simple: provide help, mentoring and a structure to address the deeper challenges these men and women carry every day.
Missouri-based Veterans United funded the creation of the court and provides a special video report used in this week’s program.
On the web:
Rep. Paul Curtman: www.PaulCurtman.com
Veterans United Foundation: www.veteransunited.com/about/foundation/