Jimenez hails wider access to alternative justice options for veterans
Veterans in downstate counties will have more access to alternatives to the traditional judicial system under a newly enacted law pushed by Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez (R-Leland Grove), according to a press release.
“I am pleased that the Governor signed SB 1238 into law,” Jimenez said in the release. “This law will expand access to veterans treatment courts to more counties in downstate Illinois so our veterans will be able to take advantage of this program closer to home.”
Veterans treatment courts were established in 2010 and provide rehabilitation services as an alternative to traditional judicial sentences for veterans who have committed certain nonviolent offences. The new law will expand the program to more areas in the state.
“I am honored to have sponsored this legislation in the House, along with Senator [Sam] McCann in the Senate, to assist our nation’s veterans who participate in these court programs,” Jimenez said in the release. “We must continue to do all we can to support our men and women in uniform during their service and especially after they return home. This new law is one small act at helping our veterans after their service is complete.”