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Veterans

Resources for Crime Prevention and Improved Reentry
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If you are a veteran in crisis or concerned about one, the following resources may be able to help:

The Veterans Crisis Line

1-800-272-8255 (Press 1)

The Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans in need with caring, qualified responders for confidential help; many of them are Veterans themselves. A trained responder will answer your call, text, or chat and ask you a few questions. You can decide how much you want to share.

Featured Resources

Health Care for Re-entry Veterans Services and Resources

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Most Veterans who are in jail or prison will eventually reenter the community. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA’s) Health Care for Re-entry Veterans (HCRV) program is designed to promote success and prevent homelessness among Veterans returning home after incarceration. HCRV services include outreach and pre-release assessments services for veterans in prison, referrals and linkages to medical, mental health and social services, including employment services on release, and short-term case management assistance on release.

Highlighted Resources



Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way

U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections (2016)

This white paper is based on a series of interviews, buttressed by personal observations, of key players in half a dozen jurisdictions where Veterans Treatment Courts have been operating with marked success. Neither graphs nor charts nor a plethora of statistics are employed to illustrate the protocols and practices of these therapeutic courts. Instead, proponents and practitioners intimately involved in the founding and operation of these courts relate how they are “the right thing to do” for combat veterans who commit certain crimes that are associated with the lingering legacy of their wartime experiences. View the accompanying webinar.

 

Veteran Response Teams: Law Enforcement Officers Respecting Service, Restoring Honor for Vets in Crisis 

U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections (2019)

This white paper is based on a series of interviews, buttressed by personal observations, of key players in several jurisdictions where law enforcement officers, Veteran Justice Outreach specialists from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and community-based agency representatives collaborate to implement approaches to de-escalate veterans in crisis in our communities. These programs are improving public safety. They are creating opportunities for veterans struggling to re-acclimate to civilian life. These traumatized men—and increasingly women—receive the help they need to address mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury, related to their military experiences.

 

Law Enforcement to Assist PTSD-Afflicted Veterans in Crisis 

U.S. Library of Congress and the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections (2019)

This discussion by a panel of experts explores the formation of Veterans Response Teams, which are law enforcement professionals trained to respond to situations involving veterans in crisis. Learn how cities across America have saved lives, minimized hostile situations, and gotten vets with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) the treatment they need by implementing these teams.

 

Veteran Intercepts in the Criminal Justice System

U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections (2020)

An adaptation of the sequential intercept model (SIM), this interactive visual guide presents five major intercepts for veterans and the justice system that each represent an opportunity to divert and intervene at the lowest level possible and to minimize the collateral consequences for a veteran getting more deeply involved in the justice system.

 

Barracks Behind Bars

U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections (2018)

This white paper introduces several of the facilities and the men and women whose vision is paying off with reportedly fewer behavioral problems and incidents of violence by incarcerated veterans. This may contribute to a less stressful, safer environment for correctional personnel and facilitates opportunities for assistance from the Veterans Justice Outreach specialists of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, personnel from state and county departments, and volunteers from community and veterans organizations. The paper shares the views of jail administrators, judges, and formerly incarcerated veterans in their own words. Find prisons and jails with dorms for veterans.

 

Barracks Behind Bars II 

U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections (2019)

In this follow-up to the original Barracks Behind Bars, this report examines the evolution of veterans programs in specialized housing units at four state prisons. The report explores the fact that, by housing veterans together in an environment that inspires military culture, values, and a sense of brotherhood or sisterhood, these units are not only promoting safety improvements, but also restoration, healing, and growth in a way that may not have been possible via general population housing. At the same time, the report reveals the challenges most departments of corrections have had in addressing the unique issues associated with the skyrocketing rates of women in the military and in corrections, even though they remain a much smaller population proportionally to men in both fields. Find prisons and jails with dorms for veterans.