|Updated: 12/07/2012 3:19 pm
||Published: 12/07/2012 3:18 pm
Mayor Bartlett will present a proclamation to Rose Ewing and Craig Prosser for their efforts with the Tulsa Veterans Court on December 10th.
Tulsa's Veterans Court is the first Veterans Treatment Court in Oklahoma and the third in the United States. Judge Sarah Day Smith called the initial Tulsa Veterans Treatment Court docket on Dec. 8, 2008. Since then, it has become a model for Veterans Treatment Courts across the nation and cities from across the nation visit Tulsa to see how Veterans Court operates.
Tulsa Veterans Court targets veterans charged with non-violent felonies and who also struggle with drug and/or alcohol addictions, and/or mental health problems.
Veterans Treatment Court is modeled after specialty drug courts, like the Community Service Council in Tulsa, which has proven to be effective in handling criminal cases of substance abusers, restoring lives and preventing future arrests.
The city determined the need for a special docket after 158 veterans were arrested in Tulsa County during October 2008. Rather than incarcerating people who have protected the liberties and freedoms of the United States, the Veterans Treatment Court connects veterans to resources through the Veterans Benefit Administration, Veterans Health Administration, Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commissions’, Veterans employment representatives, and other community organizations.
The Veterans Treatment Court is a collaborative effort among the 14th Judicial District Tulsa County Drug/DUI Court, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office, Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office, Human Skills and Resource Supervision, Tulsa County Court Services, ACE Recovery Services, and many other community partners.