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Fairbanks Veterans Court program established for Interior veterans facing criminal charges

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Published: Jan. 25, 2022 at 4:03 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Veterans in Fairbanks who are facing criminal charges now have a new tool designed to keep them out of jail or prison.

The Alaska Court System has established the Fairbanks Veterans Court, which provides treatment services for veterans facing charges.

The new court includes therapeutic treatment and mentoring by one’s peers, and hopes to save lives while reducing costs to taxpayers.

According to Fairbanks Superior Court Judge Thomas Temple, who will preside over the court, the project’s goal is to break the cycle of criminality in a veteran’s life.

The court is currently accepting referrals if an individual meets the criteria for the program.

Interested parties are encouraged to contact the Fairbanks Therapeutic Courts Project Coordinator, Amy Bollaert, at abollaert@akcourts.gov or at 907-452-9307.

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