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Document 030018
Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way
By Edelman, Bernard; Berger, Thomas J.; Crawford, Gregory. National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
"This white paper is based on a series of interviews, buttressed by personal observations, of key players in half a dozen jurisdictions where Veterans Treatment Courts have been operating with marked success. Neither graphs nor charts nor a plethora of statistics are employed to illustrate the protocols and practices of these therapeutic courts. Instead, proponents and practitioners intimately involved in the founding and operation of these courts relate how they are “the right thing to do” for ... Read More

92 pages
Document 030007
Insight-Out (San Rafael, CA).
"Insight-Out organizes initiatives for prisoners and challenged youth that create the personal and systemic change to transform violence and suffering into opportunities for learning and healing." These initiatives are: GRIP (Guiding Rage into Power); Veterans Healing Veterans; Prison Mindfulness Initiative (PMI); At Risk Youth; and Prison Reform. Points of entry include: about us; programs; training/talks; Insights blog; latest news; newsletter; A Blast From The Past; audio presentations; stori... Read More

Document 029869
Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way [Internet Broadcast]
By Henry, Heather French; Berger, Thomas J.; Edelman, Bernard; Stefanovic, Nicholas; Fitzgerald, Melissa; Russell, Robert; Schwartz, John; Burek, Elizabeth; Clark, Sean; Crawford, Gregory. National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC).
This program on justice-involved veterans, highlights the lifesaving role being played by veterans treatment courts (VTCs) across the country. From WWII through the continuing global war on terror, there are approximately 21.5 million veterans in the U.S. today. So many of these men, and increasingly women, return home damaged mentally and physically from their time in service. These wounds often contribute to their involvement in the criminal justice system. As a result, veterans are overre... Read More

151 minutes
Document 030140
Justice-involved Veterans and employment: A systematic review of barriers and promising strategies and interventions
By McDonough, Danica E.; Blodgett, Janet Carolyn; Midboe, Amanda M.; Blonigen, Daniel M.. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) (Washington, DC). VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i) (Menlo Park, CA).
"To better serve justice-involved Veterans, VA [U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs] developed services through Veterans Justice Programs (VJP), including Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) and Health Care for Reentry Veterans (HCRV). These services and programs are intended to help ease the transition from incarceration to the community, including developing linkages to vocational training and employment opportunities for justice-involved Veterans. The services and programs may also address the pe... Read More

90 pages
Document 031329
The Growth of Veterans Treatment Courts [Podcast]
By Arnold, Aaron; Qazilbash, Ruby; Crawford, Greg. DC Public Safety (Washington, DC) .
"Veterans Treatment Courts are one of the fastest growing criminal justice programs in the United States. Since 9/11, more than 2.5 million Americans have served our country in uniform. Many of them have deployed several times. And many of these men and women in uniform are coming home and struggling not only with the physical wounds of war, but also its “invisible” wounds: post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Since the inception of the first Veterans Treatment Court by Ju... Read More

29 minutes
Document 031347
Battle Scars: Military Veterans and the Death Penalty
By Dieter, Richard C.. Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) (Washington, DC).
"In many respects, veterans in the United States are again receiving the respect and gratitude they deserve for having risked their lives and served their country. Wounded soldiers are welcomed home, and their courage in starting a new and difficult journey in civilian life is rightly applauded. But some veterans with debilitating scars from their time in combat have received a very different reception … Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) who have committed heinous crimes presen... Read More

42 pages
Document 031383
Veterans In Prison And Jail, 2011–2012
By Berzofsky, Marcus; Bronson, Jennifer; Carson, E. Ann; Noonan, Margaret. U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJA) (Washington, DC).
This report presents "counts and rates of veterans in state and federal prison and local jail in 2011 and 2012. This report describes incarcerated veterans by demographic characteristics, military characteristics, and disability and mental health status. It describes current offense, sentencing, and criminal history characteristics by veteran status. It also examines combat experience associated with lifetime mental health disorders among incarcerated veterans … Highlights: The number of veteran... Read More

22 pages
Document 031392
Health Correlates of Criminal Justice Involvement in 4,793 Transgender Veterans
By Brown, George R.; Jones, Kenneth T..
"Transgender (TG) persons are overrepresented in prison settings and in the U.S. veteran population. Health disparities studies of large populations of transgender people involved with the criminal justice system have not been published to date … "This investigation sought to describe characteristics associated with JI in a sample of veterans with TG identification and to determine whether health disparities exist when compared to non-TG veterans with a JI history" (p. 297, 298). Results are pre... Read More

9 pages
Document 030029
Veterans Treatment Courts: Do Status-Based Problem-Solving Courts Create an Improper Privileged Class of Criminal Defendants?
By Jones, Allison E.. Washington University Law School Open Scholarship.
"Although veterans treatment courts themselves are a recent and developing innovation, veteran status and its intersection with criminal sentencing considerations has an increasingly substantial legal basis to draw on. Prior to the expansion of problem-solving courts to reach veterans, many state-level trial court judges already considered military service-related disorders as potential mitigating factors. More recently, several states have either passed or proposed legislation designating veter... Read More

26 pages
Document 028019
Veterans Treatment Court Locations
Justice for Vets (Alexandria, VA).
This map shows the locations of veteran treatment courts throughout the United States.... Read More
Document 028021
Justice for Vets
Justice for Vets (Alexandria, VA).
This website explains the important role veterans treatment courts play in the lives of justice-involved veterans. Resources include: Resources for Court Professionals; Dispatches from the Front Line; Veteran Mentors; Mentor Court Program; Veterans Treatment Court Planning Initiative; Legislation-- pertaining to justice-involved veterans and Veterans Treatment Courts; and Studies and Statistics.... Read More
Document 029654
Veteran’s Treatment Courts-National Institute of Corrections
By Crawford, Greg; Fitzgerald, Melissa; Edelman, Bernard; Sipes, Leonard. DC Public Safety (Washington, DC).
"The program examined Veteran’s Courts, a component of the highly successful drug court concept. Veteran courts are growing rapidly throughout the United States with early indications of success."... Read More
30 minutes
Document 028304
A Guidebook for Incarcerated Veterans in Wisconsin|Revised [edition]
Wisconsin Multi-Agency Taskforce on Incarcerated Veterans (Madison, WI).
'This booklet is a tool for Incarcerated Veterans and their families who may want access to support services that promote a better and new manner of living ' When these programs are used properly, the benefits may help to minimize the outside pressures incarcerated veterans experience when released. This guidebook addresses the process of economics, social acceptance and reestablishment for incarcerated veterans as they return to society' (p. iii). Sections of this document include: using this g... Read More
43 pages
Document 028046
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS SERIES: Strategies for Identifying Defendants Who Are Veterans for Potential Participation in Veterans Court Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Drug Court Clearinghouse/Technical Assistance Project (Washington, DC).
Are you looking for some ideas on how to identify potential participants for your veteran drug court? This this is a great place to start. “This FAQ presents a compilation of responses received from veterans court programs to the following question: (1) How do you identify defendants who are veterans and potentially eligible for your veterans court program? (2) Is there any systematic process that has been put in place to screen arrestees to identify those who are veterans?” Attachments to this ... Read More
23 pages
Document 028183
Responding to the Needs of Women Veterans Involved in the Criminal Justice System
By Ramirez, Rachelle; Van Dieten, Marilyn. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJS) (Washington, DC). National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women (NRCJIW) (Silver Spring, MD).
"As criminal justice practitioners, we need to understand that the issues facing women veterans in the justice system may be complex as a result of untreated trauma, mental illness, and substance abuse, and their unique military experiences. We must better prepare ourselves to respond. This document highlights the unique experiences and needs of women veterans who become justice-involved and offers a gender and trauma informed approach that criminal justice practitioners can use to more effectiv... Read More
16 pages
Document 028027
York County Adult Probation Veterans Treatment Court
York County Adult Probation (York, PA).
This is a great website offering a lot of documents that may be helpful in setting up your own Veteran Treatment Court. “The Veterans Treatment Court [of York County] seeks to divert eligible veteran-defendants with substance dependency and/or mental illness that are charged with a criminal offense to a specialized criminal court docket. Veterans are identified through screening and assessments. The veterans voluntarily participate in a judicially supervised treatment plan that a team of court s... Read More
Document 026727
Veteran Treatment Courts
Points of Light. Community Blueprint (Atlanta, GA).
'VTCs [veterans treatment courts] leverage the court system to keep veterans with a diagnosis of substance abuse or a behavioral health disorder in treatment long enough to permanently change their behavior. They involve cooperation and collaboration with traditional partners found in Drug Courts, such as prosecutors, defense counsel, treatment providers, probation officers, and law enforcement personnel' (p. 1). This publication has excellent information for any agency creating its own VTC. Sec... Read More
8 pages
Document 028024
Fayette County Veteran’s Treatment Court Manual
Fayette County Adult Probation (Uniontown, PA).
This is a very good example of a Veteran’s Treatment Court Manual. “The mission of the Fayette County Veteran’s Treatment Court is to provide our Veteran’s with the opportunity to participate in rehabilitative services in order to address any mental health, substance abuse, or lifestyle issue that has occurred in correlation with their military service. A reduction in recidivism and an overall improvement in community is also hoped to be attained” (p. 1). Sections cover: ten key components of th... Read More
30 pages
Document 028300
A Re-Entry Roadmap for Veterans Incarcerated in Virginia: Re-entry Manual
By Mead, Martha Johnson, editor; Atkins, Anne Clark, editor. U. S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Health Care for Re-entry Veterans (HCRV) (Washington, DC); U. S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Program (Washington, DC); Virginia Dept. of Veterans Services. Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (Richmond, VA); Virginia Dept. of Corrections (Richmond, VA).
While designed specifically for veterans returning to the community after incarceration, this manual is a good example for other states developing or revising their own veteran re-entry manuals. Sections cover: VA benefits during incarceration; getting started—Virginia Community Re-entry Initiative, Virginia department of Veterans Services, Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, healthcare, employment, financial assistance, legal assistance, women veterans, and additional services; resources availabl... Read More
57 pages
Document 026746
Volunteer Veteran Mentors Training Program
Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System (Harrisburg, PA); Robert Morris University (Moon Township, PA).
This on-line training program is designed for individuals wanting to become volunteer mentors in Veterans Courts. 'Volunteer Veteran Mentors are a key component to Veterans Courts. Shared war and combat experiences create an enduring and therapeutic trust that can be a stronger bond among returning veterans than in some cases with families and friends. The volunteer mentor develops a supportive relationship with the Veterans Court participant, acting as an advocate and ally.' Points of entry to ... Read More
Document 026754
Substance Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy Inservice Training: Based on Treatment Improvement Protocol TIP 41
Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Atlanta, GA); U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Knowledge Application Program (KAP) (Rockville, MD).
This training manual presents an 'overview of the role and efficacy of group therapy in substance abuse treatment. The goal ' [is to] describe effective types of group therapy and offer a theoretical basis for group therapy in the treatment of substance use disorders' (p. v). Modules contained in this lesson plan are: groups and substance abuse treatment; types of groups used in substance abuse treatment; criteria for the placement of clients in groups; group development and phase-specific tasks... Read More
75 pages
Document 025953
Veterans in the Criminal Justice System: Defending Conditions of the Mind
By Strutin, Ken. LLRX.com.
“Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are two notable conditions that can result from military service. And they have become particularly important in understanding and defending veterans involved in the criminal justice system. At the same time, specialty courts and legal projects specific to veterans are gaining traction. Overall, these developments highlight the ongoing dialogue between criminal justice and medical science in fairly adjudicating the responsib... Read More
12 pages
Document 026048
Criminal Justice Veterans Initiative
New Jersey State Parole Board (xxx, NJ).
The New Jersey State Parole Board’s Criminal Justice Veterans Initiative is described. This presentation provides good direction for other agencies thinking of implementing a similar program. Topics discussed include: why implement a veteran offender initiative; 900,00 returning veterans; efforts in other places; 9% of all incarcerated individuals are veterans; veteran offender needs; criminal justice process; the process with the New Jersey Veteran Offender Initiative in place; stakeholders; NJ... Read More
31 pages
Document 026776
Hennepin County Veterans Court
Hennepin County Government Center (Minneapolis, MN).
This brochure explains: what a Veterans Court is--“A court-supervised treatment program for defendants who served in the U.S. Armed Forces”; who is eligible; entry and referral process; graduation; Veterans Court goals; Court services; cost; location; partners; and contact information. This is a great example of a brochure explaining all that a Veterans Court entails.... Read More
2 pages
Document 026734
Veterans Courts Resource Guide
National Center for State Courts (NCSC) (Williamsburg, VA).
“The first veteran’s court opened in Buffalo, N.Y. in 2008. The veteran’s court model is based on drug treatment and/or mental health treatment courts. Substance abuse or mental health treatment is offered as an alternative to incarceration. Typically, veteran mentors assist with the programs. An important issue that has to be addressed is the eligibility for veteran’s courts in terms of whether charges involving felonies or crimes of violence will be allowed. The inclusion of offenders charged... Read More
Document 026733
Veterans Treatment Court Resources
Justice for Vets (Justice4Vets) (Alexandria, VA).
Information regarding Veteran Treatment Courts (VTCs) can be found on this website. 'Veteran Treatment Courts hold veterans accountable to themselves and to the community ' The Veterans Treatment Court model requires regular court appearances (a bi-weekly minimum in the early phases of the program), as well as mandatory attendance at treatment sessions and frequent and random testing for substance use (drug and/or alcohol). Veterans respond favorably to this structured environment given their p... Read More
Document 026733
Veterans Treatment Court Resources
Justice for Vets (Justice4Vets) (Alexandria, VA).
Information regarding Veteran Treatment Courts (VTCs) can be found on this website. 'Veteran Treatment Courts hold veterans accountable to themselves and to the community ' The Veterans Treatment Court model requires regular court appearances (a bi-weekly minimum in the early phases of the program), as well as mandatory attendance at treatment sessions and frequent and random testing for substance use (drug and/or alcohol). Veterans respond favorably to this structured environment given their p... Read More
Document 026733
Veterans Treatment Court Resources
Justice for Vets (Justice4Vets) (Alexandria, VA).
Information regarding Veteran Treatment Courts (VTCs) can be found on this website. 'Veteran Treatment Courts hold veterans accountable to themselves and to the community ' The Veterans Treatment Court model requires regular court appearances (a bi-weekly minimum in the early phases of the program), as well as mandatory attendance at treatment sessions and frequent and random testing for substance use (drug and/or alcohol). Veterans respond favorably to this structured environment given their p... Read More
Document 028022
Coming Home: Justice for Our Veterans
By Pelley, Scott. 60 Minutes (New York, NY).
This program shows how one community addressed the needs of its justice-involved veterans. “Two and a half million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan; many of them, more than once. The VA tells us about 20 percent come home with post-traumatic stress disorder, known as PTSD. So, that comes to about 500,000. For some, returning is harder than they imagined. The suicide rate for the Army is up 15 percent over last year. For the Marines its up 28 percent. A few of our troops return to be... Read More
13 minutes
Document 023699
From the Battlefront to the Homefront: Welcoming Employees Back to Work
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Aurora,CO).
The government deploys thousands of valuable corrections employees to serve the country each year. Thus, it is in the best interest of correctional agencies to be proactive in establishing programs that ease the process of deployment and the employees’ return to work. This 3-hour program, broadcast on May 13, 2009, addresses strategies to help manage the effect of these deployments on an organization by accessing existing programs and resources. Participants will be able to: raise awareness o... Read More
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