This webinar, dated October 28, 2015, provides behavioral health providers, veteran legal advocates, and others with an understanding of the circumstances in which veterans can become justice-involved, data on justice involvement, and California laws and treatment programs which affect veterans in criminal justice.
Veteran advocates, mental health care providers and criminal justice professionals now recognize evidence that military service-related mental or cognitive injuries may contribute to criminality.
As a result, a movement to treat rather than incarcerate veterans in eligible cases has emerged throughout the nation. California stands as a bellwether in this movement with a growing number of veteran treatment courts. In addition, the California legislature has expanded on criminal laws which provide alternative standards and sentencing for veterans with mental health trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder is increasingly being used in criminal defense.
The character of veterans in criminal justice:
Presenter: Megan Zottarelli, Senior Analyst, Institute for Veteran Policy at Swords to Plowshares.
California legislation affecting veterans in criminal justice: Presenter: Scott Franklin, Public Defender, Sacramento County
California Veteran Treatment Courts for eligible veterans: Presenter: Duncan MacVicar, California Veterans Legal Taskforce.