Jeff Flake - U.S. Senator ~ Arizona

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) applauded the Senate’s passage of H.R. 2147, the House version of his Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act. The bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to hire additional Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) specialists to ensure veterans who become involved in the criminal justice system have greater access to treatment courts. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) introduced H.R. 2147 in the House of Representatives as a companion bill to S. 946, which Sens. Flake, John McCain (R-Ariz.), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced on April 26, 2017. Both the House and the Senate voted unanimously to pass H.R. 2147.

The treatment court model removes veterans from the regular criminal justice process and helps to address symptoms that are unique to veterans, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. In a veterans treatment court, the presiding judge works alongside the veteran and the VJO specialist to establish a structured rehabilitation program tailored to fit the veteran’s specific needs.

“More than a half million veterans call Arizona home, and it is important that we provide them with the best assistance possible when their transition back to civilian life is met with challenges,” said Flake. “While veterans treatment courts have a proven record of reducing recidivism rates, they are underutilized due to a lack of VJO specialists nationwide. This bill will provide Veterans Treatment Courts with the necessary resources and manpower to deliver tailored and effective treatment to the veterans who need it.”

The text of the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act can be found here.

Support:

The Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act is supported by the American Legion, American Veterans (AMVETS) , Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), Justice for Vets, Student Veterans of America, Addiction Haven, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, National District Attorneys Association, Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council, Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Coconino County Attorney’s Office, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Pima County Attorney’s Office, Wounded Warrior Project, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Arizona (VFWAZ).

View the VFW’s letter of support here.
View the Pima County Attorney’s Office letter of support here.
View the PVA’s letter of support here.
View the National District Attorneys Association letter of support here.
View the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office letter of support here.
View the Coconino County Attorney’s Office letter of support here.
View the VFWAZ’s letter of support here.
View the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council’s letter of support here.
View the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys’ letter of support here.
View the Arizona Attorney General’s Office’s letter of support here.

 

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