New Connecticut law gives vets second chance to avoid prison

As thousands of troops return from war to Connecticut, state lawmakers have approved a measure that would give veterans a second chance to avoid prosecution or prison when they commit a minor crime.

The House and Senate voted unanimously in recent weeks to pass legislation allowing veterans to use the Accelerated Rehabilitation program twice, rather than just once. The program is a jail-diversion program for people accused of crimes such as reckless driving, street racing, larceny and running from the police.

“This bill is incredibly important both for the veterans and their families whose lives will be changed and also for the people of the state of Connecticut who have the opportunity to help veterans who served our country ease back into civilian life,” said Margaret Middleton, executive director of the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center.

Read the whole story on the New Haven Register website.

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