A number of individuals who commit crimes due to impaired decision-making suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition that occurs after a person has endured a large amount of trauma. There is no cure for the psychiatric disorder, but offenders are often sentenced to jail time instead of receiving the benefit of the doubt for their illness.
However, lawmakers in San Diego, California, are attempting to change this and lend a helping hand to those who suffer from PTSD, according to 10News. Veterans who engage in combat typically endure large amounts of trauma that make them susceptible to developing PTSD. When left undiagnosed, it can lead individuals to committing crimes under the influence of the symptoms.
Lezie Neusteter of the Veteran’s Administration is helping San Diego establish a special court program for lawbreakers who have conditions, such as PTSD. Veterans who commit crimes but do not have felony records will be considered for the court. Superior Court Judge Roger Krauel told the news source that the overall goal of the program is to make sure offenders receive the treatment they need.
Approximately 7 million people are diagnosed with PTSD every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Rehabilitation facilities and counseling may be able to help people who have endured trauma.