New Jersey program that aids veterans in the criminal justice system needs veteran mentors
nj.com March 18, 2022
(Tribune News Service) — A program designed to steer veterans accused of non-violent offenses out of the criminal justice system and toward support services is looking for a few good men and women to act as peer mentors.
The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office Veterans Diversion Program is seeking military veterans who can work with program participants as they navigate the diversionary process and receive services, according to an announcement from the office.
The goal of the diversionary program is to reduce veteran contacts with law enforcement and reduce the number of incarcerated veterans.
The program often helps veterans dealing with substance abuse who have become involved in criminal activity and those whose behavior may be the result of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or other issues related to their time in the military.
Mentors who have served in the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, or their corresponding Reserve or Guard branches, are needed to work one-on-one with vets to offer encouragement and guidance.
Candidates don’t need a legal background or other experience, but should be good listeners who are willing to spend the time needed to understand the mentee’s needs, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Mentor training is provided and participants are expected to make weekly contact with their assigned veteran either by phone or an in-person meeting.
To apply as a mentor, visit the State of New Jersey Department of Military and Veteran Affairs website.
For more information, contact Lt. Jasmin Calderon at 856-453-0486, ext. 11108 or Veterans@co.cumberland.nj.us.
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