Judge Michael Brennan, a former veteran himself, presides over the court.
The jovial judge, who reminds one of Spencer Tracy in his heyday, served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1971 (including a stint in Vietnam).
says veterans fight with addiction after deployment.
Drugs can be a way to deal with the stress of war.
"I have Vietnam vets, I have Iraq and Afghanistan vets, I have female vets," he
"We have a carrot and stick approach with a reward system of recognition certificates where I actually come off the bench and present (it)," the judge says.
And I salute the veteran, just to reinforce it."
I sit in the jury box as Judge Brennan
"You are a Marine" Brennan
"Once a Marine - always a Marine.
With that Brennan
descends the steps of his
perch and walks directly to the offender.
"We all know this is not easy.
With that he
Once again we hear the sound of applause in the courtroom.
Here drug offenders are treated with respect.
Back in his office Judge Brennan explains that veterans are sometimes ashamed of their addiction and too proud to admit it.
court assigns mentors, former veterans themselves, to counsel the offenders and offer encouragement.
"I also feel that I'm a mentor," Brennan
"I'm a veteran.