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.