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Re-Entry for Veteran Identified Inmates
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By Donald Coffey and Joel F. Botner, Re-Entry Unit, Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department, Miami, Florida

In this article, Coffey and Botner share some of Miami-Dade County's "lessons learned" in working with jail inmates who are veterans.

They discuss:

- The challenges jails may face in identifying veterans in the jail, and some ways to encourage disclosure so that these inmates get the help they deserve;

- The behavioral and treatment needs that tend to be commonly seen among veteran inmates;

- Assistance and resources available from the U.S. Veterans Administration - for inmates and for staff and community education; and

- Strategies for ensuring that veteran inmates are connected with community services as they approach release from the jail.

Posted Thu, Feb 2 2012 9:37 AM by Susan Powell
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