How Georgia’s Diversionary Courts Are Helping Veterans

Join us on Tuesday, March 10, from 6:00-8:30 pm as Common Purpose hosts Judge Reuben M. Green, a former enlisted U.S. Marine, who now presides over Veterans Accountability and Treatment Court (VTC) in Cobb Superior Court. Many veterans possess a “warrior mentality” and often don’t address their needs for physical and psychological care. VTC seeks to divert eligible veteran defendants with substance dependency and/or mental illness who are charged with criminal offenses to a specialized court, which substitutes a judicially-supervised treatment plan. Judge Green will also discuss how Drug Accountability Courts are being used to address the growing opioid crisis in Georgia as well as other specific issues, such as mental illness. We will begin in Swanson Hall at 6:00 with a pot-luck Agape meal (bring a dish to share!), continue with our speaker, and end with small group discussion.

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