Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Chairman Josh
Shapiro Highlights Efforts to Assist Veterans in the Justice System
Harrisburg, PA. — Pennsylvania
Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) Chairman Josh Shapiro spoke to
advocates and justice system professionals on PCCD’s efforts to assist veterans
in the justice system at the Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association
Veteran’s Conference this morning. PCCD strives to support programs for
veterans at all levels of the justice system, from pre-trial, to trial, to
incarceration, to re-entry.
have a long history defending this nation. There are nearly one million
veterans living in the Commonwealth today and we have a responsibility to
ensure that we in the criminal justice system are treating them with the
attention and respect they deserve,” Chairman Josh Shapiro said.
2013, PCCD, along with the Department of Human Services, has invested nearly $1
million to support veterans in the criminal justice system. This has included
creating and supporting Veteran’s Courts. Currently, Pennsylvania has 18
Veteran’s Courts, amongst the most in the nation. These courts have proven successful
in assisting veterans and reducing recidivism.
recognizes that many of our veterans have experienced severe trauma and are suffering
as a result. That is why PCCD supports Trauma-Informed Recovery Services for
Veteran’s. PCCD also has trained over 500 first-responders and allied professional
in Mental Health First Aid for Veterans. It is critically important that those
in our communities who are likely to be the first to respond to a veteran in
crisis know how to react.
addition, PCCD has provided approximately $1 million towards Mental Health
Housing programs. These programs are designed to help those with mental health
issues who are transitioning from prison back into the community with a safe
place to live while ensuring that they continue to get the treatment they need.
PCCD hopes to steer eligible veterans towards this program.
Day should be more than one day a year where we remember those who have served.
It should stand as a reminder that the debt that we owe those who have defended
our country is never ending,” said Chairman Shapiro. “PCCD is committed to
ensuring that the justice system here in Pennsylvania does all that it can to
support our veterans.”
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