The Veterans Incarcerated and in the Justice System Committee have plans to work for veterans in our nation’s prisons and to create and improve Veteran Treatment Courts.
For the veterans in prison, the committee has two goals: 1) to comfort veteran offenders who served alongside us in the military, and 2) create systems that train, utilize, and give hope to veteran inmates.
There is a desire to expand upon the industries found in some prisons including for-profit restaurants, dog training institutes, bicycle fabrication companies, and rodeos.
Many veterans return home suffering from undiagnosed PTSD and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). We learn of these conditions from the actions of our sons and daughters, our spouses, and our neighbors and friends. PTSD and TBI cause an inability to reason. PTSD and TBI cause returning troops to make bad choices. PTSD and TBI result in returning veterans going to prison.
The committee will encourage district attorneys and court administrations to understand PTSD and TBI and help implement the creation of such courts.
The committee thanks everyone for their hard work.
Dominick Yezzo, Chair