|Veterans Treatment Court Mentor Program
|Veterans Treatment Court
|The Veterans Treatment Court mission is to divert veterans, who meet strict requirements, from the traditional criminal justice system and provide them with the tools to lead a productive and law-abiding life.
|Studies show that such collaborative courts enhance public safety, cut recidivism and are more cost effective than the typical manner of processing offenders.
| The value of Veterans Treatment Court has already been recognized in other jurisdictions.
In the first Veterans Treatment Court in Buffalo, NY, the recidivism rate is under 20%
|According to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals 70% of the veterans finish the programs, and 75% are not rearrested within two years.
The Delaware Veterans Treatment Court Mentor Program is a key component of the veterans court. They are part of the strong support team involved in the program. The volunteer mentor coordinator assigns a mentor to each of our veterans participating in the court.
Mentors serve an important resource for the veterans in an ‘as-needed’ support role; they do not replace counselors. The mentors utilize their military experience to relate to, empathize with, and encourage the individual to help facilitate the goal of a successful recovery and graduation of the veteran from the criminal justice system. The Veterans Court's presiding judge, Resident Judge Witham, himself a veteran, believes that the mentors "are a crucial part of the process."
The Duties and Responsibilities of Volunteer Mentor:
Must be a veteran of the U.S. Military
Adhere to Delaware Veterans Court Program policies and procedures
Be familiar with Veterans Affairs services and Veterans community resources
Serve as an advocate and role model for a veteran in the Veterans Court Program
Attend training and court sessions, if and when needed
Interact respectfully and professionally with other veterans and staff
Mentor agrees to serve for a period of one year or more
For detailed information contact John McDonald, Volunteer Mentor Coordinator