House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Holds Roundtable on Veterans’ Treatment Courts Discussion Focuses on Successful Courts Aiming to Leave No Veteran Behind
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 17, 2009
Washington, D.C. –
On Wednesday, September 16, 2009, Chairman Bob Filner (D-CA) led a roundtable discussion on judicial courts that only hear cases involving veterans and provide judges greater latitude in sentencing for non-violent crimes. Modeled after drug and mental health treatment courts, judges are able to order counseling, substance abuse treatment, mentoring, job training, housing assistance, and job placement services as alternatives to incarceration. With both Democratic and Republican Members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee in attendance, participants discussed their efforts to help veterans avoid jail by connecting them to necessary treatment and support.
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