Treatment Courts Provide Alternative to Incarceration for Military Veterans in Justice System

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Melissa Fitzgerald, former “West Wing” star turned “actorvist,” is urging support for veterans treatment courts, which help get vets who’ve committed nonviolent misdemeanors get into recovery programs. Now the director of the Advancing Justice initiative at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and Justice for Vets, Fitzgerald spoke with veterans treatment court Judge Wendy Lindley, who helped spearhead a movement to develop alternatives to incarceration for veterans in the justice system, and with two veterans of the program, Eric Gonzalez and Jeff Henson. This appeared Nov. 11, 2019, for the Mental State Live Veterans Day Special.

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