Justice For Vets leads the national effort to establish Veterans Treatment Courts within reach of every veteran in need. We provide ongoing training and technical assistance to the Veterans Treatment Court field and jurisdictions serving justice-involved veterans, shape public opinion through media outreach, advocate for state and federal legislation, anre building a National Mentor Corps of volunteer veterans to serve in Veterans Treatment Court.
In addition, Justice For Vets annually hosts Vet Court Con, the nation’s only training conference dedicated to justice-involved veterans.
Justice For Vets' cadre of experts are able to answer questions regarding Veterans Treatment Courts, justice-invlved veterans, the intersection of veterans and the justice system, and criminal justice reform. In addition, we regularly connect reporters with program graduates, judges and other professionals involved in these programs.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2015
JUSTICE FOR VETS ISSUES STATEMENT ON NEW BJS REPORT ABOUT VETERANS IN PRISON AND JAIL
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Justice for Vets issues the following statement on the 2015 Bureau of Justice Statistics report, “Veterans in Prison and Jail, 2011-2012.”
The new BJS report offers new insights and data on veterans in jails and prisons.
We are pleased that the report shows fewer veterans are incarcerated. It’s good that the number of veterans incarcerated in state and federal prisons and local jails decreased from 203,000 in 2004, to 181,500 in 2011–12. But, the fact that 181,500 veterans are currently incarcerated in this country, should concern all of us. These numbers are too high.
The numbers raise concern for our newest generation of veterans – the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. From 2001 to 2012, veterans discharged during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn accounted for 13% of veterans in prison and 25% of veterans in jail.