Veterans Treatment Courts in the Media
This Week in Defense News
Former Justice For Vets Director Matt Stiner was a guest on This Week in Defense News, a weekly news broadcast offering observations, perspective and analysis on some of the most important issues relating to the defense arena. Stiner discussed the emergence of Veterans Treatment Courts as a response to the alarming number of veterans entering the criminal justice system on charges stemming from substance abuse and mental illness and the role of Justice For Vets in providing stability and support for the growing movement.
Former Justice For Vets Director, Matt Stiner discusses the importance of Veterans Treatment Courts and how vital volunteer Veteran Mentors are to these programs.
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Veteran by veteran, Orange County, California, Superior Court Judge Wendy Lindley is dispensing justice with tough talk and a little cheerleading to former servicemembers who have returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Second Chance for Veterans
Justice For Vets presented at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 81st Annual Winter Meeting. As chief executives of their communities, mayors are a vital ally to Veterans Treatment Courts.
Veterans and Jobs
When veterans return from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan some face tremendous challenges, which can lead to run-ins with the law. Now a court in Buffalo, New York, the first of its kind is giving them the help they have earned.
A Courtroom Just for Veterans
Rochester Veterans Treatment Court Judge Patricia Marks started a special court specifically designed to give veterans who commit nonviolent crimes a second chance.
New Chance for Troubled Vets
The growth of Veterans Treatment Courts—largely independent of the federal government—has been sparked by the recognition of judges, prosecutors, public defenders and legislators that a significant number of veterans are returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with mental health issues that can manifest themselves in criminal acts both great and small, and that steering them toward treatment they may have initially rejected will benefit society in the long run.
The court, like more than 50 others created over the past three years across the nation, specializes in working with troubled veterans to get them counseling, link them to government benefits, help them regain the sense of discipline and camaraderie they had in uniform, and steer them onto a more positive course in life.
Veterans deserve special treatment for their service, and the fact that veterans' courts seem to work as well as they do suggests that politicians needn't justify their existence beyond that fact.
AMVETs, one of the largest Veterans Service Organizations in the nation, discusses the importance of giving veterans the option of Veterans Treatment Courts and why it is important to continue to implement these programs.
Nearly 80 Veterans Treatment Courts have sprung up across the country over the past four years and most consider only those veterans who are struggling with mental-health or substance-abuse problems.
Nearly a fifth of the homeless population in the United States are veterans. Substance abuse is pervasive. Many more have mental-health problems, which often lead to criminal behavior. Robert Russell, a judge in Buffalo, New York, after noticing an increasing number of veterans on his docket, in 2008 created the first court specialized and adapted to meet the needs of veterans.
The New York Times
Many veterans have returned from Afghanistan and Iraq burdened by post-traumatic stress, drug dependency and other problems. As veterans find themselves skirmishing with the law, judges are increasingly finding ways to provide them with a measure of leniency.