GLENDALE LAUNCHES VETERANS COURT to help Veterans resolve underlying issues that may lead to a charge
GLENDALE LAUNCHES VETERAN TRIBUNAL
Focus on helping Veterans resolve underlying issues that may lead to a charge
Glendale, Arizona – The City of Glendale is pleased to announce the launch of the first Veterans Court in the West Valley. This new specialized tribunal will serve former US military service men and women who have been charged with misdemeanors and will provide more opportunities to resolve underlying issues that may have led them to be indicted. The court creates and oversees treatment plans with the goal of reducing recidivism among those who have served our military.
“Veterans courts have been successful in reducing recidivism for years, nationally and throughout Arizona,” said Glendale City Court Presiding Judge Nicholas DiPiazza. “We are delighted to have the support of our mayor and council, and we are delighted to establish the Veterans Review Tribunal. We look forward to better serving our veterans and our community and expanding to a West Valley Regional Veterans Court in the near future.
Bringing a veterans court to the West Valley has been a long-standing goal of Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers. “When I served in the Arizona State House of Representatives and chaired the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, I heard about veterans courts in other parts. county, ”said Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers. “After becoming mayor of Glendale, I worked hard for years to get this project started. I am so proud that our new Presiding Judge understands the importance of the Veterans Court and finally makes this dream come true.
The Town of Glendale Veterans Court will provide necessary services to military personnel in conjunction with the Veterans Administration. Participation is voluntary and includes regular appearances before a judge. Treatment may include weekly individual and group counseling, drug and alcohol testing, mental health treatment, medical treatment, and regular attendance at recovery support / self-help meetings. Success and graduation from the program may result in a reduced sentence or, in some cases, a dismissal of charges.
The new tribunal takes office on October 1 and incurs no additional cost to taxpayers. The hope is that the Glendale Veterans Court will eventually become a West-Valley regional court similar to the one that successfully manages the East Valley.
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