NDVS supports veterans in the criminal justice system by partnering with government and private organizations. This process is two-fold. The first part is working with federal, state, and local government and community partners to improve processes to improve reintegration. The second part is our veteran service officers working one on one with veterans in the justice system to ensure access to all benefits, making reintegration successful.
The goal of the NDVS Veteran Justice Reintegration Program is to ensure that veterans involved in the criminal justice system have access to services, programs, and resources that will enable them to return to society as productive members with promising futures. This involves formerly incarcerated veterans, and those participating in Veterans Treatment Courts. The program involves a collaborative network of government agencies, non-profit organizations, and concerned community stakeholders, providing wrap-around services to veterans in this special population. Those services include housing, employment, healthcare, counseling, mentoring, VA benefit claims and education.
Late in 2020 the Veteran Justice Reintegration Program collaborated with the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) Veterans Services Coordinator to create a new “Veterans Reintegration Checklist.” That checklist begins the process of matching incarcerated veterans with benefits, services, and resources before their release.
The Veteran Justice Reintegration Program has applied for a federal training program of in-house trainings on how such an approach improves criminal justice outcomes. The NDVS contact person for this program is Tom McCourt, McCourtt@veterans.nv.gov