Smith County Veterans Service Officer Michael Roark presented information about the new Veterans Treatment Court Thursday to members of the Smith County Bar Association.
Roark serves as program director for the new veterans court, which has recently been implemented and has one veteran participating. He gave his presentation about the court to members of the Smith County Bar Association attending the seventh annual Honorable Thomas A. Dunn Criminal Law CLE at the R.B. “Hub” Hubbard Center.
The purpose of the court is to work with veterans charged with a first-time misdemeanor offense to get them necessary treatment for any mental health issues and to return them to being productive members of society. Recidivism rates for veterans who have gone through similar courts is 20 percent, he said.