Incarcerated Veterans. Challenges & Opportunities. Presenters. Lt. Barbara Taylor Inmate Processing Commander Juvenile Assessment Center Director Experience: 23 years with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office Education: Bachelor’s Degree Social Science & Public Administration
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Social Science & Public Administration
In 2013, the Florida Legislature approved funding for the purpose of creating a pretrial felony or misdemeanor veterans’ treatment intervention program.
“The model here is smart justice — making sure that we prioritize treatment over incarceration so that veterans do not fall through the cracks and do not re-offend.” Assistant State Attorney Chris Sprowls
On October 1, 2013, Sixth Circuit Chief Judge Thomas McGrady signed Administrative Order 2013-063 PA/PI-CIR creating the Veterans Treatment Court in Pinellas and Pasco Counties.
“The purpose of the Veterans Treatment Court is to comprehensively address, through collaboration between the court system, treatment providers, and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the service-related mental health and substance abuse issues of certain veterans and members of the United States Armed Forces who are charged with criminal offenses. The goal is to reduce recidivism through treatment.”
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Reduce recidivism, create a stronger community for our veterans, and repay the debt we owe to them for their sacrifice and service.