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    Judge Brent Carr was recently honored for being directly responsible for establishing the Tarrant County Veteran's Diversion Program in Tarrant County.


    Carr, who presides over County Criminal Court # 9, received the Silver Patrick Henry Award from the Fort Worth Chapter of the Military Order of World Wars (MOWW).  The award, which is the highest award the Order can present to non-members, cited his participation in drafting the legislation establishing the Veterans Diversion Program. The legislation, Senate Bill 1940, was passed by the Texas State Legislature in 2009. 


    Since April 2010, 121 veterans have been admitted to the program.  With an 86 percent success rate, 68 of the veterans have successfully completed their program and have returned as productive members of their community.


    The Veterans' Court Diversion Program was also recognized by the Fort Worth Chapter, MOWW with the presentation of the Bronze Patrick Henry Plaque which is the highest award the Order can present to an organization outside the order.  The Veterans' Court Diversion Program is for combat veterans involved in the justice system who are currently facing prosecution for one or more criminal cases. The program offers offenders a treatment option that is judicially supervised. It is designed to divert veterans in the program out of the traditional criminal justice process and into appropriate rehabilitative alternatives. Once participants have been screened, assessed and approved for participation in the program, they will begin a treatment regimen that is specific to their needs.  Upon successfully completing all treatment phases, participants are allowed to graduate and charges against them are dismissed.


    For more information,contact Courtney Young, Veteran's Diversion Program Manager at 817-884-3225.

    News release date: April 10, 2014