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Hannemann wants special court for veterans convicted for crimes

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mufi Hannemann is proposing to create a specialized court that would provide treatment and other services to veterans convicted of criminal activity.

The former Honolulu mayor announced that and other proposals during a speech to veterans today.

In a vet court, which would be modeled after Hawaii’s drug courts, a Veterans Administration official would sit in on sentencing of veterans convicted of crimes.

The official would tell the judge which services could be added to the vet’s sentencing order. Also, a mentor would be assigned to help the vet complete those services.

Hannemann also proposed construction of a memorial to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

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