Veterans Treatment Courts Featured on DC Public Safety Radio Show

The National Institute of Corrections announced it will release a Veterans Treatment Court White Paper in December

Justice For Vets Senior Director Melissa Fitzgerald, National Institute of Corrections Program Specialist Greg Crawford and the Deputy Director for Policy and Government Affairs for Vietnam Veterans of America Bernard Edelman joined DC Public Safety radio host Leonard Sipes for a compelling discussion on Veterans Treatment Courts and a soon to be released white paper by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) in December.

“We made six site visits across the country and met with each of the Veterans Treatment Court teams. We obviously started with  Buffalo, which was the site of the first Veterans Treatment Court team and we interviewed all the key players,” said NIC Program Specialist Greg Crawford regarding the development of the white paper. “Veterans Treatments Courts are an opportunity to intervene at the front end of the system before things escalate for these veterans.”

The intent of the white paper is to provide jurisdictions with essential information on how to build a Veterans Treatment Court, according to Bernard Edelman, author of the report.  “It deals with what is a Veterans Treatment Court and why these courts are needed,” said Edelman. “ It deals with how and what makes them work. How many courtrooms have you been in where the defense attorney and the prosecutor are on the same side?  Finding justice and trying to save a life of someone who has served the country.”

“It was a honor to be part of the radio program and I appreciated the opportunity to get out this critical information,” said Justice For Vets Senior Director Melissa Fitzgerald.  “I’m looking forward to the release of the National Institute of Corrections Veterans Treatment Court white paper as it will be a great asset to jurisdictions creating these life saving courts.  The release of this paper comes at a crucial time as the number of Veterans Treatment Courts has reached nearly 200, with hundreds more in the planning stages.”

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