"I want to keep this on the radar screen to see what there is that we can do, some long-term treatment through the Veterans' Administration, something we can put in place instead of prison.
"Because we're just going to be warehousing him there," she said. "We've done nothing for him. The U.S. government has a duty to him."
Bailey sentenced Russell to two to 20 years on his convictions, to be served consecutively on home confinement. She ordered that he participate in mental counseling and addiction treatment, and set up a follow-up hearing in two weeks.
Jeff Ellis, state treatment court coordinator with the West Virginia Supreme Court, agreed that few counties have services for veterans who find themselves in trouble with the law.
Only one county, Wayne County, operates a veterans court program for those with a drug problem who commit crimes. If they successfully complete an 18-month program of treatment they can have their charges dismissed.
There is also the Northern Panhandle Mental Health Court, which provides an alternative to prison for veterans diagnosed with mental illness. Services are provided through veteran's facilities in Wheeling, Clarksburg and Pittsburgh.
Ellis said there is also a veterans justice outreach program that sends representatives to jails to try to match veterans up with available services.
Bailey said she wasn't sure Russell was eligible for either of those programs, but asked his attorney to explore the options.
"We owe them, frankly," she said.
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