Combat veterans present an interesting challenge in a criminal justice system whose goal is to rehabilitate the offender so they do not return to the system. The challenge is the rehabilitation part of the equation.
Rich James’ March 25 column, “Show Some Compassion for Lake County’s Troubled Veterans,” caught my attention. Many comments on the column were critical of the idea, suggesting that it would be a waste of money because Lake County courts, as they exist, would be sufficient to handle any parti…
Porter Superior Court Judge Julia Jent opens the veterans court graduation ceremony Friday in her courtroom at the Porter County North Complex. Jent runs the veterans program that operates much like the county's drug court in that accepted participants have the opportunity to clear themselve…
Porter County's veterans court graduate Paul Hake, of Porter, talks with Jackie Algozine, the coordinator and case manager for the Porter County Veteran's Treatment Court, Friday at the Porter County North Complex.
Members of the Portage High School JROTC program post colors Friday in Judge Julia Jent's courtroom in the Porter County North Complex during a graduation ceremony for six veterans who have completed Porter County's veterans court.
LAPORTE COUNTY | Some veterans who commit crimes and who exhibit behaviors linked to a military-related ailment will be offered treatment options in lieu of jail time.
INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers soon may be forced to pay a "convenience fee" when using a credit or debit card to pay municipal or utility charges under a new law signed by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.
INDIANAPOLIS | The creation of a Lake County veterans court by the General Assembly may take at least another year after a Senate committee stripped the provision from an Indiana House bill.
INDIANAPOLIS | State lawmakers are seeking a different funding source for a proposed Lake County veterans court after a plan to pay for the program with drug use prevention funds was met by spirited opposition in an Indiana Senate committee Wednesday.
INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House voted 91-1 Wednesday to send the Senate legislation that could lead to the creation of a Lake County veterans court.
INDIANAPOLIS | Lake County could be home to Indiana's sixth veterans court after the House on Monday approved a funding plan recommended by state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster.
Judge Julia Jent has asked me several times to attend her Veterans Court at the Porter County Annex in Portage. What an unbelievable experience to share with others.
VALPARAISO | A Valparaiso woman, who said she served 10 months in Iraq with the Army, is on her way to becoming the first female to take part in the county's veterans treatment court.
PORTAGE | Friends and family gathered to see five veterans graduate from the Veterans Treatment Court on Friday.
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