Central Nebraska Veterans Treatment Court Celebrates Graduation


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The Central Nebraska Veterans Treatment Court Celebrated the graduation of Navy Veteran Alyssa Bourbon from the program.   District Judge Ryan Carson discussed the mission of the veterans court.

Problem-Solving courts are an alternate route through the criminal justice system for nonviolent drug-related offenders, which utilize a specialized team process that functions within the existing court structure. The courts are designed to achieve a reduction in recidivism and substance use among individuals with substance use disorders. The court’s goal is to protect public safety and increase the participant’s likelihood of successful rehabilitation by utilizing validated risk and need assessments, early and individualized behavioral health treatment, frequent and random chemical testing, incentives, sanctions, and other rehabilitative and ancillary services.

Keynote Speaker Matthew Branch, a retired marine had words of encouragement for Bourbon and all going through the program.

Bourbon with her completion of the program had all charges in a previous felony case dropped. In the process she’s on the verge of 21 months of sobriety. The ceremony marked the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive behavioral health treatment, intensive community supervision, and full accountability. 

Angela Smith is Problem Solving Court Coordinator. The complete celebration is available below.

Cen Neb Vet Treatment Court 5/15/24