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Veterans Treatment Court to Hold Eighth Graduation Ceremony to Honor Veterans Completing the Program

The Joint Allen County Veterans Court of the Allen Circuit and Superior Courts will hold a graduation ceremony on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at 11:00 AM at the Allen County Courthouse Circuit Court Room. The Honorable Douglas Fahl, Whitley County Superior Court Judge, who also oversees the Whitley County Veterans Treatment Court, and Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps will be the Honored Keynote Speaker for the program’s eighth commencement ceremony.

This year’s ceremony commemorates 16 veterans’ completion of an intensive program designed to connect veterans suffering from substance abuse and/or mental health disorders with the benefits and treatment they have earned as a result of their service. “As the Judge of the Allen Circuit Court presiding over the Veteran’s Court Treatment program, I see firsthand veterans in legal troubles based on addiction, combat PTSD, and other mental health issues,” said Allen County Circuit Court Judge Wendy W. Davis. “I want to ensure the Court system rallies around them fairly to provide the proper support, treatment, and accountability to get them back on their feet. I am proud of my Veterans Circuit Court team that truly ‘cares for those who have borne the battle’ for our Country.”

 The Allen County Joint Veterans Court is a judicially supervised court docket that reduces correctional costs, protects community safety and improves public welfare. Veterans Treatment Courts combine rigorous treatment and accountability for veterans facing incarceration due to charges stemming from substance abuse and/or mental health issues. “Our Veterans Treatment Courts provide structure, accountability, treatment and mentoring needed to help our justice-involved vets repair their lives. By keeping our veterans out of jail and prison, our Courts help save their lives, families, and futures, all while reducing costs to taxpayers,” added Allen County Superior Court Judge Frances C. Gull. “These Courts are a perfect example of our community coming together to serve our veterans and their families in their time of need. After all, veterans fought for our freedom…shouldn’t we fight for theirs?” 

Veterans Treatment Courts expedite access to veteran-specific resources, including benefits and treatments earned through military service, by involving the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare networks, the Veterans Benefits Administration, State Departments of Veterans Affairs, volunteer veteran mentors, and veterans and veterans’ family support organizations.

Continued, Historical Demonstrative Reductions in Recidivism

Recently, Allen County Community Corrections (ACCC) conducted its recent recidivism study, utilizing data captured on a daily, ongoing basis from the last ten (10) years (2011 – 2021) and performing a comparative analysis with data captured from its last recidivism study, which encompassed eleven (11) years of data from 2008 through 2019, with favorable outcomes illustrative of the agency’s dedication to community safety and adherence to ongoing evaluation and improvement.

The study involved examining ten years’ worth of individuals’ supervision completion and non-completion data and following those same individuals, for three (3) years following their date of release, for recidivism (or new arrests and/or charges). Most notably, the ACCC recidivism study defines “recidivism” as any new felony/misdemeanor arrest, regardless of whether the arrest least to conviction, excluding parole or probation violations and infractions, occurring within a three-year period post-release.

As a further expansion to this study and comparative analysis, recidivism rates for a number of variables were taken into account, including recidivism rates by age, gender, race, education, and level (or type) of supervision for completers and non-completers, which demonstrated systemic reductions in recidivism from 30.2% in 2008 – 2019 to 24.4% in 2011 – 2021. Simply put, this means that of all the individuals who completed supervision in 2011 – 2021, be they “completers” or “non-completers”, only 24.4% were re-arrested, which is 5.8% fewer individuals who were re-arrested compared to completers and non-completers in 2008 – 2019.

Such continued noteworthy reductions are a testament to the agency’s strong adherence to evidence-based practices and principles of effective intervention while holding its program participants accountable and promoting their success.

COVID-19 Updates

Allen County Community Corrections is taking precautionary measures to protect our attendees and staff by increasing our social distancing measures. Allen County Community Corrections remains open and operational with all the General Rules and Special Conditions to ACCC being enforced. Allen County Community Corrections is working diligently to keep all clients updated on any changes we may receive in regards to government offices or helpful information related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Please see the Resource Guide below.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Guide – Services

Notice from Allen Superior Court on Residential and Commercial Evictions
Allen Superior Court has created a video explaining the current state of affairs pertaining to residential and commercial evictions in Indiana. Restrictions were placed on evictions by the Governor’s orders declaring a public health emergency in Indiana.
YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1yMqjN1wz8
Facebook Post: https://www.facebook.com/AllenCounty/ 

Covid-19 Testing Sites
A location for Coronavirus testing is New Covenant Worship Center, located at 3420 E. Paulding Road. Testing hours are Mon-Fri from 8AM to 8PM. Appointments can be made online or via 888-634-1116. Additional Testing sites available as of October 1, 2020 include the following with hours M/W 9-4pm, T/TH 10-5pm, Sat 9-2pm, Closed Fridays and Sundays: 3003 Lake Avenue, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805; 1230 Ruston Pass, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825

Please be on the lookout for more information, should there be further information to share. Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and understanding – we are committed to the safety and health of our staff, clients, and visitors. 

Joint Veterans Court

The Joint Allen County Veterans Court of the Allen Circuit and Superior courts held a graduation ceremony at the University of Saint Francis on November 12, 2020 to honor nine veterans completing the program. The ceremony marked the completion of an intensive program designed to connect veterans suffering from substance abuse and/or mental health disorders with the benefits and treatment they have earned.

The Allen County Joint Veterans Court is a judicially supervised court docket that reduces correctional costs, protects community safety and improves public welfare. Dr. Clifford Buttram, Jr. of the University of Saint Francis was the Honored Guest Speaker for the ceremony.

ACCC Hosts Legislative Tour

On behalf of the Allen County Board of Commissioners, Allen County Community Corrections hosted the members of the Northeast Indiana delegation on a tour of the new ACCC Residential Services facility on October 27, 2020. ACCC would like to thank Senator Liz Brown, Senator Andy Zay, Rep. David Abbott, Rep. Dan Leonard, and Rep. Denny Zent for taking time out of their extremely busy schedules to visit and for their ongoing partnership and support for criminal justice initiatives in Allen County and Indiana.

Eddie Sites Recognized by Indiana Criminal Justice Association

On October 9, 2019, the Indiana Criminal Justice Association (ICJA) recognized and honored Eddie Sites as the ICJA Community Corrections Employee of the Year for 2019 at the Annual State Fall Conference. ICJA has a tradition of recognizing only those correctional employees who have a proven record of dedicated and effective service to our profession.

Eddie has shown strong commitment to ACCC by sharpening his professional skills with ongoing training and consistent promotion of teamwork and leadership within the ACCC Field Division. Eddie also previously served in the United States Marine Corps with distinction.

Congratulations Eddie!