Are there two sets of laws? Is there one set of laws for veterans and another for non-veterans?
Apparently so. The MDJ article “Veterans court to provide alternative to jail time” informs us that a special court for military veterans will be set up in Cobb similar to 3,000 veteran courts nationwide. The goal of these courts is to “break the revolving door cycle.”
We are also told that “veterans court is an alternative to prosecution, and the new program will be modeled on the 12-year-old Cobb drug court, focused on treatment and accountability instead of incarceration.”
God bless and good luck keeping people out of the tentacles of the prison industry, but why a special court for veterans? Why can’t the current diversion program that has been in place for 12 years serve the needs of vets?
Part of the answer is because this is about more than possession of illegal drugs. The special veterans court could order treatment and hospital care for a vet, paid for by the feds, while some poor schmuck who was never in the military could be charged and prosecuted for committing the same felony and go to jail for a good part of the rest of his life.
An attorney once told me that selective and unequal enforcement of the law is unconstitutional and therefore illegal. Is the special veterans court unconstitutional and illegal because it treats differently those who have committed the same crimes?
The United States locks up a larger percentage of its population than any other country in the world. Prison has become a sadistic money industry. Justice too often is left behind unless you have big bucks to hire the big legal guns to keep you from being ensnared, even for the smallest infraction.
But shouldn’t everyone receive the same treatment, the same mercy before the law? Shouldn’t almost everyone receive medical help instead of jail? If something is wrong with the legal and penal system, and there is, then change the whole system so all can benefit.