Veterans Courts assist veterans charged with non-violent crimes who are struggling with addiction, mental illness or co-occurring disorders and come in contact with the criminal justice system.
Participants come before judges on a regular basis, receive support and guidance from veteran mentors, are supervised by specialized probation officers and receive treatment and support from the Veterans Administration to address underlying problems often caused by post-traumatic stress disorders. Pennsylvania's first veterans court opened in Lackawanna County in November 2009. With nearly one million veterans, Pennsylvania has the fifth largest population of veterans in the country.
current as of January 2013