Trauma among justice-involved veterans
This report examines the challenges faced by justice-involved veterans and their experience of trauma. Using 153 consecutive admissions to veteran-specific jail diversion programs in 2 states (Connecticut and Massachusetts), we present demographic, military history, behavioral health, and criminal history data on veterans in relationship to self-reports of trauma. Our results reveal a sample of veterans with a history of contact with the criminal justice system that have high reported rates of trauma, in particular, before the age of 18. Understanding the complex trauma history of justice-involved veterans is essential for providing appropriate and holistic treatment and informed policy responses.
Hartwell, Stephanie; James, Amy; Chen, Jie; Pinals, Debra A.; Marin, Martha C.; and Smelson, David, "Trauma among justice-involved veterans" (2014). Sociology Faculty Publication Series. 14.
Professional Psychology: Research and Practice