Provided by Del. Richard Anderson’s Office
On Oct. 3, Delegate Rich Anderson (R-51), Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31), and Supervisor Ruth Anderson (Occoquan) stood together to unveil Prince William County General District Court’s new veterans’ treatment docket.
In recognition of the toll on Virginia’s veterans that accompanies military service, the mission of the Prince William County Veterans Treatment Docket is to serve the community and increase public safety by incorporating a coordinated treatment response for justice-involved Veterans with substance abuse and / or mental health issues. The goal to returning productive, law-abiding citizens to the community is a hybrid drug and mental health docket, which will veterans with addiction and/or mental illness. Nationally, there are over 200 Veterans Treatment Dockets, the first of which formed 2008 in Buffalo, New York.
On the founding of the Veterans Docket, Delegate Anderson stated,
“I am pleased that we are now moving forward with this excellent program, initiated by Judge Azcarate in Fairfax and now incorporated into the Prince William County court system by Judge Jarvis. Our Veterans Docket will provide resources and services that are vital to the rehabilitation and re-assimilation of veterans who have engaged with the criminal justice system. This initiative will enhance public safety, reduce recidivism, and underscore the mental, emotional, and other issues that face our warriors when they return home from foreign deployments. I sincerely value the commitment that Judge Jarvis and his colleagues have for military veterans and their families.”