ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Wednesday, the Senate passed a bill to clarify and revise the Veterans’ Restorative Justice Act of 2021. Chief author Senator Nicole Mitchell (DFL-Woodbury), a Lt. Col. in the National Guard, issued the following statement after the bill passed in a unanimous 64-0 vote.
“Many of our veterans have returned to civilian life with chronic or severe injuries sustained during their service, including mental health conditions. They deserve to be treated with thoughtful consideration and respect. The process to divert veterans out of the criminal justice system and into programs for treatment and assistance is supported by veterans advocates and county prosecutors. I was glad to see the bill pass the Senate with bipartisan support. I look forward to further opportunities to support current and former members of the military throughout this session.”