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NIC Publication Release webinar: "Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way"

Date: May 17, 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 Organizations / Community-Based Providers / Those interested in Justice Involved Veterans Issues

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Sentencing alternatives for veterans? There are dozens of specialized courts across the country that employ therapeutic programs to help keep veterans out of jail. "Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way" is a new publication that tells the story of these veterans and the judges, veterans advocates, and treatment professionals who are fighting to ensure a second chance for vets who find themselves caught up in the criminal justice system.

The publication was produced in partnership by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), a division of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Veterans Health Council of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). The report is based on a series of interviews and personal observations of the judges, veterans, and veterans advocates who have been intimately involved in the founding and operation of veterans treatment courts. In this book, they relay how veterans treatment courts are "the right thing to do" for justice-involved veterans who commit certain crimes associated with the lingering legacy of their wartime experiences. 

Court staff and graduates of veterans treatment court programs  describe, in often exquisite detail, what their roles are and how they have come to embrace the concept that these courts, which use a carrot-and-stick approach to rehabilitate rather than overtly punish veteran defendants, represent what one veteran in Buffalo, New York, a key player in the creation of the first of these courts in the nation, has called "the most profound change in the attitude of our criminal justice system towards veterans in the history of this country."


  • Introduce NIC's new publication "Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way"
  • Describe the inception of veteran's treatment courts and their focus;
  • Highlight successes and challenges of veteran's treatment courts; and
  • Hear a veteran's personal story of the impact of veteran's treatment court on their life

This publication was authored by Bernard Edelman, Deputy Director for Policy and Government Affairs, VVA; and consultant Dr. Tom Berger, Executive Director of VVA's Veterans Health Council.


Bernard Edelman, Author, Vietnam Veterans of America

Thomas J. Berger, Ph.D., Consultant, Vietnam Veterans of America

Honorable Robert Russell, Jr., Erie County Court Judge, Buffalo, New York

Melissa Fitzgerald, Justice For Vets

Patrick Welch, Ph.D., Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court

Nicholas Stefanovic, Rochester Veterans Treatment Court


Greg Crawford, NIC Correctional Program Specialist


Leslie LeMaster, NIC Correctional Program Specialist

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


Posted Thu, May 5 2016 10:32 AM by Leslie LeMaster


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