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CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

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POLICY BRIEF
VETERAN TREATMENT COURT SHOULD BE EXPANDED TO THE
COMMON PLEAS COURT OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY

TONY D. MORRIS

PREPARED FOR:
Honorable John J. Russo
Administrative and Presiding Judge
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court

July 1, 2014

SWK 300: SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY
PROFESSOR MICHAEL A. DOVER
SPRING 2014

GOAL STATEMENT
The sole purpose of this policy brief is to deliver concrete and measurement evidences that Veteran Treatment Courts (VTC) promotes public safety by diverting veterans with addictions and/or mental illness into a voluntary specialized court as oppose to the traditional criminal justice system. At
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There is a direct correlation between untreated psychological injuries suffer on the field of battle and the criminal offenses many of our service personnel are being charged in the judicial system.
While the total numbers of soldiers deployed to OEF/OIF/OND continues to mount, an estimated 2.5 million have served as of May 2014. Coined the “Invisible Wounds of War,” 300,000 troops suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Depression, and Suicide.2 These are only documented cases, of the recorded injuries, 50% do not seek treatment and consequently lead to criminal acts and prison.

1 Office of Justice Programs/Bureau of Justice Statistics. Veterans in State and Federal Prison, 2004. U.S.
Department of Justice. [May 2007].
2 By Chris Adams, McClatchy Newspapers March 14, 2013
History of the problem
Not clinically recognized, combat fatigue can be traced back three or four thousand years. The Greek historian Herodotus could have observed this condition in 480 B.C, when he wrote of a Spartan soldier, who was seized from the battlefield because of uncontrollable trembling, who later committed suicide due to the shame endured after