By: Andre’ Haynes Photos by: Andre’ Haynes
“I don’t have any family and even though I had to come to court each week, the Judge and staff
became my family.”
This is a statement from a veteran who graduated from Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) in the Las Vegas Municipal Court, Department 6 on August 2nd. Judge Martin D. Hastings and his staff hosted a graduation ceremony for veterans who successfully completed a long and demanding program. The courtroom was filled with dozens of proud and emotional supporters including family, friends, representatives from the City of Las Vegas, Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS) and many more.
What is Veterans Treatment Court?
The VTC is a court-supervised program coupled with intensive treatment and supervision for misdemeanor criminal offenders. The VTC targets veterans who enter into the criminal justice system and are identified as having high treatment needs for either substance abuse or mental health issues, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and are at risk to re-offend without intervention. The program requires an expected 12 months of successful participation and involves you working with the Court, Community Supervision Officer, treatment providers, the Veterans Health Administration, Veterans Benefit Administration, and many others. VTC is designed to reduce re-arrests, promote self-sufficiency through employment and education and to help veterans.
Who is eligible?
Any individual who has served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces and is currently charged with a misdemeanor criminal offense. You can contact the Court Coordinator at (702) 671-3317 for more information.