Walz, criminal justice reform leaders to unveil new legislation regarding veterans

Walz, criminal justice reform leaders to unveil new legislation regarding veterans Photo: KSTP/Alex Jokich, File

January 22, 2019 09:30 AM

On Tuesday, Gov. Tim Walz will join criminal justice reform leaders to unveil a new bill with the aim of helping "psychologically injured" veterans in the criminal justice system.

Leaders will unveil the "Veterans Restorative Justice Act" during a forum in St. Paul.


Speakers include Walz, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput, State Public Defender Bill Ward, Justice Action Network Deputy Director Jenna Moll and Veterans Defense Project President Brock Hunter.

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Leaders have said the bill builds upon the 2008 Veterans Sentencing Statute, which has encouraged treatment over incarceration for veterans with a criminal offense that can be connected to his or her "service-related psychological injuries."

The meeting is set to take place from 5-7 p.m. at the Landmark Center.

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