Philadelphia Municipal Court recently began a voluntary Veterans Court, geared toward VETERANS charged with misdemeanor offenses. Our goal is to provide the necessary support and services to assist those involved with the criminal justice system with a resolution of the criminal case, as well a change in life choices, so future contacts can be avoided.
Program is to pair the Veteran with a volunteer mentor. The mentor's role is to support the Veteran as he/she navigates through the court and treatment. The mentor is there as an ally and friend, to assist the Veteran through this difficult time. It is our expectation that the shared experiences of another Veteran will be critical in assisting us achieve our goal of leaving no Veteran behind. ALL PEER MENTORS MUST BE A UNITED STATES MILITARY VETERAN (ARMY, MARINE CORP., NAVY, AIR FORCE, COAST GUARD, OR RESERVE OR NATIONAL GUARD.)
The Mentor training is held at The Stout Center for Criminal Justice, 1301 Filbert Street in Center City. Prospective Mentors learn an overview of the Criminal Justice System, Veterans Court procedures as well as insights on how to be an effective listener. Mentors work closely with the Veterans Court Coordinator, under the auspices of the Court.
For more information, email the Veterans Court Coordinator: VeteranMentors@courts.phila.gov