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Worthy of Justice: A Veterans Treatment Court in Practice
Law & Policy  (IF1.432),  Pub Date : 2020-01-07, DOI: 10.1111/lapo.12142
Jamie Rowen

This article examines the purpose and practice of a Veterans Treatment Court (VTC), a new type of problem‐solving court designed to connect qualifying former service members in the criminal justice system with social services. While existing studies of VTCs explain these courts by focusing on veterans' distinct needs or deservingness based on their military service, this article argues that these courts are being created because of societal beliefs about veteran worth. By revealing how court staff, participants, and volunteers in one VTC invoke beliefs about veteran worth, the findings of this study show that VTCs link worth to veteran identity, leaving participants suspended in conflicting notions of state and individual responsibility for criminal behavior.