SIU Law Alumni, including Judge Carey Gill '01, create new drug, veterans court in Williamson County

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SIU Law Alumni, including Judge Carey Gill '01, create new drug, veterans court in Williamson County

April 04, 2019, Brooke Schlyer, Reporter, WSIL TV3

WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

MARION, Ill. -- The First Judicial Circuit has started a Drug and Veterans court, meant to prevent re-incarceration by giving offenders the treatment they need. 

Williamson County State's Attorney Brandon Zanotti says the program is for non-violent offenders "primarily looking at drug possession, retail theft, possibly burglary." He adds that it's also for veterans who need treatment, "We're looking at people who may come back with combat related illnesses like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or something like that." 

The program is a collaboration between the First Judicial Circuit, Williamson County State's Attorney, Marion VA, as well as Centerstone and the Gateway Foundation, among others. 

Judge Carey Gill will preside over the cases, starting with ten participants, and meet with them weekly. "It's a very high-intensity program and it really is an alternative to incarceration," she says.

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