Props to Superior Court Judge Karen E. Beyers for overseeing a new mental health court in Gwinett, Georgia. A recent article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution describes this innovative program that offers an alternative to incarceration to people with mental health issues. It's called an "accountability court" and is offered to those who are willing to get treatment so they can lead a productive life. About 20 accountability courts overall are being started statewide. Recognizing that many people in jail are there because of mental health issues, Gwinnett County is opening a special accountability court for those who are willing to get treatment so they can lead a productive life. Eligibility for the new mental health court in Gwinnett will be limited to adults facing felony charges whose mental illness played a significant role in the crime they committed. Douglas County Superior Court Judge Steve Goss established the first mental health court in Georgia in 2002. About 100 people have graduated. Goss said the program has been good for the community because it breaks the cycle of incarceration.