|Published:||Nov 20, 2012 5:48 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 20, 2012 5:53 PM EST|
Incarcerated veterans might not know mental help is available to them.
"It's sad to a point but its good to a point that we can start them on the road, whatever road it is, be it to drug court, veterans court, we can start it here,"
For the past four months, officials at the Collier County Jail have been asking inmates if they've ever served in the military.
"If they're vets then we can start working on the proper care," said Kevin McGowan, Jail Commander.
Then within 24 hours, the vets are placed on a court docket just for them. Judge Janeice Martin presides over the alternative criminal courts for mental health and drug cases.
"It's better fit in the structure fit of our mental health court program which is more individualized program and what we can do is we have a nice partnership with the VA," said Judge Martin.
Judge Martin said over the course of a year, these veterans receive all types of help and counseling to prepare them for a fresh start.
"The transformation is just incredible they come in and they're broken, they're broken soldiers," said Judge Martin.
Making sure these vets don't find themselves behind bars again.