Governor Pat McCrory and Department of Public Safety Secretary Frank L. Perry attended the opening ceremony of North Carolina's first veterans treatment court in Harnett County today. The court was made possible through a $66,696.88 grant from the Governor's Crime Commission.
"My administration is dedicated to making North Carolina more veteran-friendly," Governor McCrory said. "Harnett County's Veterans Treatment Court is the first of its kind in North Carolina. We plan to build on the successes achieved here by partnering with the military and local stakeholders to open more veterans courts across North Carolina so that we can give our veterans the support they deserve."
The goal of the District 11A Veterans Treatment Court is to help those that have served our nation and honor their service. Through a collaborative effort among the local court, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, community veterans' organizations, and other various community partners, veterans treatment courts aim to reduce recidivism among veteran defendants by providing them with the opportunity to regain stability and lead productive lives.
The court will provide a means to divert veterans from the traditional criminal justice system and link them with the programs, benefits and services they have earned. It will provide the structured support veterans need to lead productive and law-abiding lives through referrals for treatment, education and vocational programs, and community resources while being judicially monitored. Court eligibility is based upon severity of the offense and the veteran's discharge level to ensure only appropriate crimes are considered.