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Adams County Court for Veterans slates graduation

Monday, September 25, 2017

BRIGHTON, Colo. – Marine veterans who have completed all phases of an intensive court program providing treatment and other services to veterans involved with the criminal justice system will celebrate their accomplishment this week with a graduation ceremony from the Adams County Court for Veterans.

The ceremony is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Courtroom 202 of the Adams County Justice Center (1100 Judicial Center Drive in Brighton).  The public is welcome to attend, however participants’ full names will not be used and members of the public will not be permitted to photograph participants’ faces.

The court program is one of several in Colorado designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration for eligible military veterans confronting the criminal justice system and who have needs for treatment for substance abuse or disorders such as traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder that complicate their compliance with general probation or incarceration.

There are 27 participants in the Adams County Court for Veterans, whose 12- to 24-month program emphasizes community reintegration and offender accountability through supervision and community-based resources.

“Our program provides a resource-rich and court-supervised intensive probation alternative with prompt sanctions and incentives for the participants,” said Adams County Judge Brian N. Bowen, who presides over the Adams County Court for Veterans. “We are structured around strategies that are both evidence-based and data-driven to maximize positive outcomes.”

Eligible military veterans with trauma spectrum disorders and/or substance abuse issues may be diverted to the Adams County Court for Veterans based upon the recommendation of a team that includes personnel from the 17th Judicial District courts and Probation Department, prosecutors, public defenders, local law enforcement and treatment professionals.

Participants, who enter the program voluntarily, also may receive no-charge brain screening for traumatic brain injury through collaboration with the University of Denver School of Professional Psychology.

The Adams County Court for Veterans is one of about 80 problem-solving courts in Colorado, including adult and juvenile drug courts, family/dependency-and-neglect drug courts, DUI courts, adult and juvenile mental-health courts and truancy courts.

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