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The ‘win-win-win’ Tompkins could use to help jailed veterans

on Wed, 2015-07-01 01:01

ITHACA, N.Y. — There is a proven way to drive down incarceration rates among veterans. Veterans Treatment Courts are described by experts as a “win-win-win” solution.

Recidivism rates for the formerly incarcerated are around 50 percent nationwide, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. In counties that have these specialized courts, the likelihood of a veteran reoffending plummets. In Buffalo, like many other courts across the country, the recidivism rate is just 5 percent.

What is a Veterans Treatment Court?

on Wed, 2015-07-01 01:00
ITHACA, N.Y. —  A Veterans Treatment Court, or VTC, deals exclusively with veterans. These courts pay special attention to the stressors and mental illnesses that follow veterans home and attempt to rehabilitate veterans using structured treatment programs rather than relying on punitive sentences.

Judge Robert Russell Receives the AMVETS Silver Helmut Award

on Mon, 2015-06-22 16:48

The AMVETS Silver Helmet Award was awarded to Judge Robert Russell who created and has presided over the Veteran’s Treatment Court in Buffalo, New York since January of 2008. This court, the first of its kind in the country, provides treatment and counseling to eligible veterans with substance abuse or mental health issues. Veterans who voluntarily enter the program attend regular court appearances and treatment sessions, and receive regular substance abuse testing.