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CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK ------------------------------------------------- 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…show more content…
1 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

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