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Upcoming NIC Webinar: Understanding Justice-Involved Veterans
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Sign up today to attend this National Institute of Corrections webinar, Understanding Justice-Involved Veterans, being held Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET.

VeteransAs a center of learning, innovation and leadership that shapes and advances correctional practice and public policy, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) devotes a portion of its focus to the critical needs of justice-involved veterans. NIC will be hosting a live webinar that will identify key service-related issues for male and female justice-involved veterans.  This is a follow-up event from the August, 2015 live internet broadcast “Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way.” We will also highlight strategies for criminal justice professionals to effectively work with justice-involved veterans to help them successfully navigate the criminal justice system.  

Date: February 11, 2016

Time: Please note webinar start time/your time zone:

10:00-11:30am PT / 11:00-12:30pm MT/AZ/ 12:00pm-1:30pm CT / 1:00pm-2:30pm ET

Target Audience: Criminal Justice Professionals, Veterans Service / Community-Based Providers

Register here


Tom Berger, Ph.D., Vietnam Veterans of America
Patrick Welch, Ph.D., Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court
Heather French Henry, Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, KY
Nicholas Stefanovic, Rochester Veterans Treatment Court


Greg Crawford, NIC Correctional Program Specialist


Leslie LeMaster, NIC Correctional Program Specialist

Justice-Involved Veterans

In 2008, Judge Robert Russell started the first Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) in Buffalo, NY. What motivated him was the realization that many of the veterans who populated his mental health and drug courts had lost their way and were struggling.  Their experiences in a combat zone led many of them to self-medicate in an attempt to assuage their mental and emotional service-related issues. Patrick Welch, who became the Buffalo’s lead peer mentor and veterans’ advocate, has said, “What has been created through Veterans Treatment Courts is the most profound change in the attitude of our criminal justice system toward veterans in the history of our country.” These courts have served to raise an awareness of the unique issues facing justice-involved veterans, issues that are a significant factor in their descent into the criminal justice system.


To understand the impact of the “invisible wounds of war” on these veterans, and to understand what motivates them to self-medicate with alcohol and/or drugs and become entangled in the criminal justice system.

  • Identify key issues for justice-involved veterans, both male and female; and
  • Highlight strategies for criminal justice professionals to more effectively interact with justice-involved veterans to help them navigate the criminal justice system.

For additional resources on justice-involved veterans see NIC’s Veterans webpage

Posted Wed, Jan 6 2016 8:48 AM by Susan Powell
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