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VA Secretary McDonald Meets with Judge Robert Russell

on Sat, 2015-07-25 15:23

The first Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) was started in 2008 in Buffalo, NY. Today, there are 220 operational VTCs in the U.S. serving 11,000 veterans. On Friday, July 17 Secretary Bob McDonald met with Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court Judge Russell and leaders from Justice for Vets to talk about the importance of VTCs.  

Secretary McDonald thanks court mentor Jack O'Connor and his mentor team for helping other veterans in the court.


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.