Why Veteran Courts?

From WWII to OIF/OEF and all eras in between, some veterans have returned to their communities with health problems that interfere with responsible social functioning.  When not properly treated, these health problems can lead to unemployment, homelessness and repeated involvement in the justice system.  Based on a successful, evidence-based treatment court model common to Drug Court programs, a VTC prioritizes treatment over incarceration.  Nationwide studies of the treatment court model over the past twenty years validate its effectiveness and cost savings to the public.  For every dollar invested in treatment courts, the public saves an average of $3.36, by reducing the costs of incarceration and repeat offending.  The veteran benefits by gaining wellness and restoring honor.  The community benefits through increased public safety. (from SORCC article)

Veterans Court In Klamath County

KLAMATH FALLS – Oregon’s first Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) began operation November 9, 2010, in Klamath County.  The day began with a grand opening ceremony attended by local and state veterans, dignitaries and the public culminating the months long planning and implementation process to open the new court.  The court was formed in response to increasing numbers of veterans coming before the Klamath County Circuit Court charged with criminal offenses.

N.Y. court gives veterans chance to straighten out

When police entered Tom Irish's suburban Buffalo home on March 9 responding to a call about a disturbance, the 59-year-old Army veteran says he did not see uniformed officers.  He says he was drunk on vodka, suffering from a flashback to his wartime experiences, and saw in his mind the Viet Cong soldiers he fought close to 40 years ago.

Courts for veterans spreading across U.S.

"Not only are you helping them, you're also saving a great deal of money in the system, and you're reducing the crime rate in Wisconsin," Chiarkas said. "It's a win for everybody, and my bias is that I think we owe them."

Veterans Courts, a Successful Work in Progress 

In its several year history, the Buffalo Veterans Court has had phenomenal success.  With about a ninety percent first time success rate, and not a single case of repeated relapses into criminal behavior, this special court is definitely a step in the right direction in helping veterans.

Court docket tailored to veterans' needs will be welcome in Cleveland: editorial 

Sometimes they collect speeding tickets as if they're on sale, and blow through red lights as if they're blind.  But they're not blind. A part of them is still in Kabul, Baghdad, Mosul, Mogadishu. They're in combat zones where traffic signals are traps, setups for bombers and snipers.

15th Circuit creates veterans’ docket 

Modeled after drug courts across the country, the veterans’ docket will provide assistance to qualified veterans and address root causes of veteran crimes at no additional cost to Palm Beach County or the state. A veteran coordinator funded by the Veterans’ Administration will identify veterans coming through the system and utilize individual evaluations and computer screening to define needs and match each veteran with relevant VA resources.

Veteran Court Resource Guide 

Modeled after drug courts across the country, the veterans’ docket will provide assistance to qualified veterans and address root causes of veteran crimes at no additional cost to Palm Beach County or the state. A veteran coordinator funded by the Veterans’ Administration will identify veterans coming through the system and utilize individual evaluations and computer screening to define needs and match each veteran with relevant VA resources.