Letters to the Editor

Judge John Trice has saved veterans’ lives

With regard to the article “SLO judge accused of misconduct” (Oct. 30):

I have had the privilege of working with Judge John Trice for almost two years as a mentor in the Veterans Treatment Court (VTC).

Veterans come into VTC for relatively minor, nonviolent offenses such as substance abuse and domestic disputes. Most are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and other consequences of military service.

When veterans volunteer for the VTC program, they agree to commit to 12 to 18 months of rigorous recovery therapies and scrupulous probation supervision. Since this program began in San Luis Obispo a little over two years ago by the Veterans Services Office, the leaders of the Veterans Mentor team and Judge Trice — the rate of recidivism for VTC graduates has been close to zero.

Not only is the SLO community a demonstrably better and safer place because of Judge Trice, but to my observation, he is quite literally saving the lives of veterans to whom we as citizens owe our very freedom.

Paul Worsham, Arroyo Grande

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