Monday, March 28, 2011

Veterans Court

Fox 7 did a story about the Travis County Veterans Court this week. My boss, David Escamilla, is in the piece, along with Judge Denton, who heads up the court, and Maria Canchola, Constable for Precinct 4, who was instrumental in getting the whole thing going. We're still working out some of the details for the Veterans Court, but it's a good program, and I think it fits in well with our other treatment court programs. (I tried to embed video below, but it seems to be working intermittently, so you might have to click on the link to see the story if you're interested in catching a glimpse of what I've been up to).

New Court For Veterans: MyFoxAUSTIN.com

4 comments:

cardboardbelts said...

This is great. I liked the story, and it's about time you hit the BIG TIME. Everything's coming up Steansooooo! ;) You should feel good about what you're doing.

J.S. said...

It really is a good program. It's been really interesting to watch it move from the early concept/planning stage to the implementation of a working court. On one level it might not seem all that complicated, but between court administration, the procesutors, probation, pretrial services, defense attorneys, the sheriff's department, and other players who have to come together to make the thing work, I've definitely gained a greater appreciation for the fact that conceptually straightforward ideas can be tricky to coordinate behind the scenes.

Shouting Hippo said...

Pretty cool. (And nice suit, btw.) Did you catch the story of NPR's "All Things Considered" about Iraq veteran Brock Savelkoul?

http://www.npr.org/2011/03/22/134657905/suicide-by-cop-leads-soldier-on-chase-of-his-life

J.S. said...

Pretty interesting link, Jim! The cases in our court aren't quite that extreme, but we've still seen some pretty troubling incidents happening with vets who are dealing with this stuff (mostly PTSD and traumatic brain injury).