Veterans Treatment Courts Now Operating in Most States, Expanding


A new study of 79 Veterans Treatment Courts finds that they are actively operating in most states and continuing to expand nationwide. A summary of a survey by Julie Marie Baldwin at the University of Florida was published by the Sentencing Law and Policy blog. Baldwin found a “significant overrepresentation” of African American and Hispanic veterans in the veterans courts.

Among other conclusions: One in five eligible veterans opt out because they consider the program too rigorous or do not want treatment; drug offenses were the most common bringing veterans to the specialized courts, and most of the courts have a single judge, use a “reward/sanction ladder,” and use peer mentors.

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