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The 'win-win-win' Tompkins could use to help jailed veterans (2015-07-01)

posted Jan 5, 2017, 8:40 AM by Jack O'Connor
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.