Seven people graduated from the Davidson County Mental Health Court on Thursday.
It’s a structured program giving people a chance to overcome legal issues related to mental health challenges.
These people tend to spend more time in jail and go back to jail more often.
If the offense is non-violent, some can come to the court instead of jail.
“The people we have are the people who need someone to listen and offer support rather than someone to just say you’re guilty and slam a jail door in their face,” said Mark Winslow, Director of Davidson County Veterans Court. “Rather than just locking them up in jail, we put them into a program where they are able to have structure, a degree of meaning in their life, that allows them to get back into society.”
More than 150 people have graduated from the program.