Veterans in the Justice System Brown Bag Lunch Discussion Thursday Nov. 10

As Veteran's Day nears, the Justice Policy Institute and Open Society Foundation are hosting a brown bag lunch discussion on veterans and the justice system Thursday, November 10 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at 1730 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. RSVP is required so that attendees can enter the building.

Many of our veterans return home only to end up in our prisons and jails, many times as a result of our country's inability to address the negative consequences associated with their combat experiences. Returning veterans began playing a central role in the rise of the U.S. prison population following the Vietnam era; in 1986, 24 percent of all Federal prison inmates and 21 percent of those in State prisons were veterans. Our veterans deal with mental health issues including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and in turn, become justice involved, later facing veteran's courts and struggling with reentry.

JPI has added to its cadre of work a series of articles, essays and blog posts on veterans in the justice system and would like to open up the debate to the public during Thursday's hour-long, interactive panel.

Panelists include: Karen N. Carrington, Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist for the Veteran's Administration; Guy Gambill, 2010 Soros Fellow, veteran; and Leonard Ward, Director of Community Programs Division New Jersey State Parole Board.

Bring your lunch. Desserts and beverages provided by OSF. RSVP to