Smith County DA talks about counseling for jurors

Help for those who hear or see traumatizing testimony or evidence
Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 7:01 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2021 at 8:01 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Smith County commissioners authorized a psychological counseling a program for certain jurors. The new program went into effect in Texas on Jan. 1, 2021, following approval from the Texas Legislature.

The program allows the county to reimburse jurors for up to 10 hours of counseling. It will be administered through the district attorney office victim assistance program.

The program can be utilized by those who serve as a grand juror, alternate grand juror, juror, or alternate juror in a grand jury investigation or criminal trial involving graphic evidence or testimony.

KLTV 7′s Blake Holland spoke with District Attorney Jacob Putman about the program.

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