Henderson Municipal Court Announces Veterans Court Graduation
February 14, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE
PLEASE CONTACT KATHY BLAHA, (702) 267-2052
WHAT: Veterans Court Graduation
WHEN: Thursday, February 14
WHERE: Henderson Municipal Court, Department 1
243 Water Street
Chief Judge Mark Stevens and the Henderson Municipal Court announce the 12th defendant to graduate from Veterans Court since its inception in June 2011. Veterans Court is an alternative sentencing program adopted by Judge Stevens for military veterans charged with misdemeanor crimes while struggling to readjust to civilian life.
Veterans Court was implemented in Henderson after the Nevada Legislature authorized the establishment of this specialty court in 2009. As a military veteran, Judge Stevens wanted to help his fellow veterans who needed a little help to get back on track. Most participants are first-time offenders of misdemeanor crimes and have issues related to their service.
Veterans Court focuses on the veterans underlying issues and provides access to resources which enable successful compliance with the court’s orders. Graduates must successfully complete the program depending on any or all of the following: their treatment needs; court ordered counseling; Veterans Affairs recommended counseling, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder counseling; mental health counseling; as well as drug or alcohol addiction counseling.
The veteran may also be required to submit to random drug and alcohol testing, be subject to ongoing monitoring of any possible additional criminal activity, community service and work program under the supervision of the city of Henderson Alternative Sentencing Department.
Since the program’s inception, approximately 47 participants have enrolled in the minimum yearlong program. All graduates have remained out of the Henderson criminal justice system to date.
For additional information on partnering with the Veterans Court program, please contact Luanne Montoya, Henderson Municipal Court, Department 1 at (702) 267-3350 or visit CityofHenderson.com.
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