Court focuses on challenges of veterans who offend

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All the defendants appearing in one specialized Milwaukee County court share a common link.

They have served their country and are accused of non-violent offenses that involve substance abuse or mental health issues.

Judge Ellen Brostrom presides over the Veterans Treatment Court every Wednesday.

Fifty-eight-year-old Christopher McCain is a veteran who has received treatment in the program after three drunken driving convictions and a prostitution charge. Brostrom congratulates McCain during a recent appearance because he’s been sober for 13 months.

Brostrom told WUWM radio that some veterans have suffered physically and mentally as a result of their service and deserve a second chance. The court offers an opportunity for non-violent offenders to undergo drug or alcohol treatment. And, as they succeed, the court reduces their sentences or dismisses the charges against them.