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Could this New Dallas Court Help Troubled Veterans?

A new Dallas court is aiming to help military veterans who have fallen on tough times. It’s known as the Veterans’ Court, and it’s one of several new pushes in the Dallas area that hope to fight crime using rehabilitation as opposed to punishment alone. The program recently received a grant of $300,000 from the Texas Veterans’ Commission. The hope is to help more than 100 Texas veterans get back on track every year. Dallas officials have been trying to create the court for some time, after they noticed that too-often defendants in drug cases were military veterans. They began to question whether these issues were the result of poor support from the community. Assistant Attorney General Chris Bowers pointed out that programs like this one might have helped troubled people like Micah Johnson, the former marine who killed five police officers in a tragic shooting. Neglecting to help people…
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Are Big Changes Coming to Texas Marijuana Laws?

Texas is not exactly famous for having lax marijuana laws, but recently there are some signs that the Texas Legislature might be leaning towards reform. In the past session, there were some early signs of change. A bill that aimed to reduce penalties for people caught with small amounts of pot made it further than any past reforms at the state level. Additionally, the state passed its first medical marijuana law, which will allow a very limited amount of treatment for a small group of patients. There are also some signs that prominent figures in Texas law enforcement might be changing their perspective on certain drug laws. A Changing Perspective on Texas Marijuana Laws? The numbers are suggesting that law enforcement in many major Texan cities are changing their strategy towards the drug.  Some police chiefs have openly criticized the laws, while other departments are lowering the priority of enforcing…
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