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Here's what we know

Most Veterans involved in the justice system either have mental illness or a substance use disorder

These issues significantly increase the likelihood a Veteran will have difficulty maintaining/obtaining employment after leaving military service. In many cases this leads to homelessness, negative interactions with law enforcement, and often jail time or prison time. Incarceration is costly and together, we are saving tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars by reducing the rates of recidivism (re-offense). 


Regional Municipalities Veterans Treatment Court offers Veterans a diversion program similar to drug court or mental health court. This program facilitates recovery, and gives Veterans a second chance at life without a criminal conviction on their record.


Veterans Treatment Court is not unique!

We are just one court of hundreds across the country. This is a Nationally recognized model, and proven effective. 

How do we know the program works?

Since the program began in 2009, we have served roughly 800 Veterans and of those, over 500 have graduated from the program and have gone on to resume a healthy productive lifestyle. The rate of recidivism (re-offense) is roughly 17% compared to the State average of 38%. 


7.1%  Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans meet criteria for Substance Use Disorder (SAMHSA)

Up to 20% of Veterans will develop PTSD or Depression (SAMHSA) from combat or military sexual trauma, compared to 7.8% of the general population - The National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R), conducted between February 2001 and April 2003

Roughly 181,500 Veterans are incarcerated in US jails and prisons today

20 Veterans are lost to suicide every day, 3 per day in Arizona alone. Arizona’s Veteran suicide rate is at 44.1 which is significantly higher than the National Veteran suicide rate at 30.1 - VA 2016 report updated September 2018 

These issues significantly increase the likelihood a Veteran will have difficulty maintaining/obtaining employment. In many cases this leads to homelessness, negative interactions with law enforcement, and often jail time or prison time. Incarceration is costly and together, we are saving tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars by reducing the rates of recidivism (re-offense).    

These Veterans deserve a second chance. They are lost and need a helping hand, not a hand out. 



Last update December 30, 2018 Citations under construction, coming soon.

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