Military Veterans’ Court Program created by Pinal County

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After more than a year of meetings between the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, Pinal County Court Administration, Pinal County Adult Probation, the Pinal County Public Defender’s Office and multiple statewide veterans groups, the military Veterans’ Court Program officially kicked off Tuesday, Nov. 17 with a ceremony at the Pinal County Superior Courthouse in Florence.

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles has been focused on assisting veterans through development of a PCAO veterans’ program that now is rolling into the Veterans’ Court Program.

The overall objective of the Veterans’ Court is to give veterans who committed non-serious felonies the ability to make use of veteran-related probation services, according to a press release.
PCAO will decide who is eligible to be referred into the Veterans’ Court Program.

“Many of our veterans returned from combat and now suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. These veterans served our country well and deserve services responsive to their needs. If a veteran gets charged with a crime we now possess the capabilities and resources to review their case and determine if sending them through the newly-established Veterans’ Court seems the proper course for treatment. The collaboration between the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, the Pinal County Courts System, Adult Probation and veteran organizations helped create a beneficial program, which aids those men and women who served our country,” Mr. Voyles said in the release.

He also said Judge Stephen McCarville was instrumental in getting the Veterans’ Court under way in Pinal County.

For more information, call Pinal County Public Information Officer Tiffany Davila at 520-866-6573 or e-mail her at tiffany.davila@pinalcountyaz.gov

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