First Big Island veterans treatment conference helps soldiers reintegrate after war

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By Graham Milldrum

Veterans of America’s wars often are entangled in the criminal justice system, and the Hawaii Judiciary is trying to make sure those soldiers integrate back into normal society.

That was the focus of training sessions held at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on Thursday and Friday during the first Big Island Veterans Treatment Court Conference, where judges, law enforcement officials, probation officers, attorneys, researchers, and substance abuse treatment providers came to learn about the latest evidence-based best practices for effectively dealing with veterans struggling to readjust to life outside the military.

“We have to have this program,” Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald told the gathered staff and participants during the event hosted by the The Big Island Veterans Treatment Court of the Third Circuit.

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