Jack W. Smith


In July 2004 Anchorage, Alaska started one of the first veterans courts in the United States. That court has now been in continuous operation for over seven years. This Comment briefly describes the steps taken to establish the Alaska Veterans Court and how the court operates. An overview of the characteristics of participants in and graduates from the court is provided, followed by statistics concerning the effect of the court on recidivism. Several potential future areas of study concerning this court are also identified. The Comment concludes by highlighting the importance of the court and by noting that the benefits provided by the court are currently limited by the absence of funding from any source.

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