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Adams County Court for Veterans slates third graduation

Friday, March 25, 2016

BRIGHTON, Colo. – Two Army veterans who have completed all phases of an intensive court program designed to provide treatment and other services to veterans who become involved with the criminal justice system will graduate March 30, 2016. The ceremony will mark not only their accomplishments, but also the third graduation from the Adams County Court for Veterans.

The ceremony is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 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 their faces may not be photographed.

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 19 participants in the Adams County Court for Veterans, whose 12- to 24-month program emphasizes community reintegration and offender accountability to provide supervision and community-based resources, while protecting public safety.

“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 on decisions made by a team including 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 regarding traumatic brain injury through a 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, veteran trauma courts and truancy courts.

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