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Veterans' Courts

Restoring Dignity to Criminal Justice

Jim Liske | Posted 12.06.2014 | Crime
Jim Liske

Why should we care if more criminals are behind bars for longer sentences? As president of the nation's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families, I've seen the downsides of mass incarceration up close.

Veterans and PTSD

Marcus Landsberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Marcus Landsberg

When we find ourselves saying, "uh-oh, he must be dangerous, he's ex-military," let's catch ourselves and realize that if the veteran is dangerous, he is dangerous for us, not against us.

Special Courts For Veterans Expanding Across The U.S.

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- Former National Guardsman Paul Piscitelli is in Philadelphia Municipal Court to answer to drug and theft charges. Elijah Peters, who s...

David Wood

Combat Veterans With PTSD, Anger Issues More Likely To Commit Crimes, New Study Reports | David Wood | Posted 10.10.2012 | World

Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who struggle with the anger and emotional outbursts of combat trauma are more than twice as likely as other veterans...

Identi-lifting? -- Talking About Veterans' Courts Memorial Day Weekend

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 07.25.2012 | Los Angeles
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

It's not about carving out specialty justice for veterans, but rather about putting similar systems in place that help divert vulnerable populations who require services rather than incarceration.

May No Soldier Go Unloved

Marc Joseph | Posted 11.02.2011 | Impact
Marc Joseph

As a nation, we need to provide our veterans with productive jobs back in society. Only a strong moral commitment from both business and government can achieve this. All of us need to work towards this end.

How I Got Out of Jury Duty... By Telling the Truth

Abe Forman-Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Abe Forman-Greenwald

Last week I reported for jury duty at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles. Right after lunch, my name was called to sit in the jury box.

Veterans Treatment Courts: A Crucial Reintegration Strategy

James R. Knickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
James R. Knickman

Our legal system must devise new ways to cope with the veterans in the criminal justice system for nonviolent offenses. The first veterans court, in Buffalo, New York, is already showing results.

A Crime and Justice Wish List for 2010

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Dimond

With the year end celebrations mostly behind us it's time to look ahead. 2010 is just days away and as I do every year here's my wish list for a year...

Veterans Who Commit Crimes: What Do We Owe Them?

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Dimond

To answer the soldier's service with a jail sentence for behavior that might very well stem from their service makes a mockery of their bravery.