Specialized Housing Units for Veterans in Prison and Jails: Solution-Based Incarceration as the Counterpart to Problem-Solving Veterans' Courts

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Specialized Housing Units for Veterans in Prison and Jails: Solution-Based Incarceration as the Counterpart to Problem-Solving Veterans' Courts

Court Type: 
Veterans’ Treatment Court
Training Format: 
Webinar
Monday, May 16, 2016

This webinar addresses the different forms of veterans housing units that have been implemented in prisons and jails. It traces the initial concept to its origins in the 1920s following WWI, through programs implemented in the wake of WWII and Vietnam, to the contemporary approach. This webinar also identifies the manner in which some correctional institutions have implemented these units to mitigate the high likelihood that incarceration might activate a "second tour" in which veterans can unwittingly approach their time in confinement like time deployed in enemy territory.

For all participants, the webinar considers the universal benefits of the program, including relatively minor costs, the value of deputies and correctional officers with prior military experience, and the inspirational value of military-themed housing areas. Because the Department of Veterans Affairs prohibits the delivery of any healthcare services to incarcerated veterans, participants also will gain an understanding of special considerations for veterans with mental health needs and inherent limitations on treatment approaches during short-term incarceration.

Sponsor/Organizer: 
BJA Drug Court Technical Assistance Project at American University