1st Edition

Issues in Providing Services to Trauma-Affected Veterans In and Out of Veterans Treatments Court

Edited By Faye S. Taxman, Don Hummer Copyright 2025
    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    Justice-involved veterans face a number of challenges in the criminal-legal system, including receiving the proper care and treatment for trauma experienced during their service to the nation. This book examines novel approaches to care for veterans and identifies some of the barriers they face. One strategy toward ameliorating these challenges was the formation of specialized Veterans Treatment Courts (VTC) in 2008. Now numbering well over 600 courts nationwide, VTCs streamline the justice process and provide the necessary structure, services, and support to address the underlying issues behind their offending behaviors. The project upon which this volume is based involved in-depth interviews with 145 stakeholders in 20 geographically dispersed and characteristically unique VTCs in the United States. Interviewees included judges, court coordinators, prosecutors, treatment providers, defense counsel, probation officers, and others working as coordinated teams to provide a network of care enabling the justice-involved veteran to address their specific criminogenic needs and to promote behaviors resulting in subsequent desistence from crime. In addition to the voices of those working daily in the specialty court realm, the book also includes chapters on an issue that was broached often during semi-structured interviews: military sexual assault. Survivors of sexual abuse in the military report substantial trauma associated with in-service victimization, and these final chapters shed light on the extent of military sexual assault and its impacts on veterans as they transition to civilian life.

    This book will be an invaluable resource for scholars, researchers and practitioners of law, criminology and criminal justice, public affairs and psychology. It was originally published as a special issue of Victims & Offenders.

    1. Introduction
    Faye S. Taxman and Don Hummer


    2. New Research on Veterans Treatment Courts: An Overview of the Community Participatory Research on Veterans in Specialized Programming Project
    James M. Byrne, Don Hummer, Kimberly R. Kras, Sabrina S. Rapisarda, and Kelly M. Socia


    3. Veterans Treatment Courts: A Nationwide Review of Enacting and Eligibility State Statutes
    Sabrina S. Rapisarda, Kimberly R. Kras, Grace LeMoyne, Don Hummer, Kelly M. Socia, and James M. Byrne


    4. No Veteran Left Behind? Perspectives on VTC Eligibility Criteria for Justice-Involved Veterans in Multiple Jurisdictions Across the United States
    Don Hummer, James M. Byrne, J., Sabrina S. Rapisarda, Kelly M. Socia and Kimberly R. Kras


    5. SNAFU, Situation Normal All Forces United in Veterans Court: From the Perspective of a California Court of Appeal Justice and Mentor
    Eileen C. Moore


    6. At Risk and Underserved: Veterans Treatment Court Team Member Perspectives on Service Delivery Challenges
    Kimberly R. Kras, Sabrina S. Rapisarda, Kelly M. Socia, Don Hummer, and James M. Byrne


    7. “God, I Hope It Doesn’t Fade Out”: Team Member Perspectives on the Future of Veterans Treatment Courts
    Kelly M. Socia, Sabrina S. Rapisarda, Kimberly R. Kras, Don Hummer, and James M. Byrne


    8. Protecting but Not Protected: Sexual Assault in the Military
    Emily K. Meinert and Ericka A. Wentz


    9. Military Sexual Assault, Post-Service Employment, and Transition Preparation among U.S. Military Veterans: New Directions for Research
    Adam J. Pritchard


    Faye S. Taxman is University Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government and Director of the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence at George Mason University.  Her research interests are implementation and intervention science, particularly to advance the use of evidence-based practices.  She is the author of over 220 articles and numerous books.  She develops translational tools to advance the use of research findings into practice.

    Don Hummer is a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg. His research is centered on corrections policy, offender treatment and control, institutional and community violence, and the implications of technological advances for justice system personnel. He is co-editor of four previous volumes.