February 20, 2019

Veterans Treatment Courts

Veterans treatment courts are based on the drug and mental health treatment courts model that provide services in more than 3,000 counties nationwide.  The goals of these veterans treatment courts were to aid service members charged with misdemeanors and some felonies if the crime is related to a mental health issue or drug dependency.  According to the Marshall Project, “veterans courts have languished because of a lack of financial support, reliance on volunteer judges and low usage.”  There are only approximately 500 counties that have opened veterans courts since inception in 2008.  Like the drug and mental health courts, upon completion of the substance abuse or mental health programs, charges are reduced or dropped.  There are approximately 200,000 veterans incarcerated in American prisons and jails.