CONTACT:
Nadine Maeser
Public Information Officer
nadine.maeser@mdcourts.gov
410-260-1488

Terri Charles
Asst. Public Information Officer
terri.charles@mdcourts.gov
410-260-1488
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2019

Government Relations and Public Affairs
187 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
410-260-1488

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media Advisory:
Baltimore City Veterans Treatment Court celebrates fourth anniversary
Veteran graduates honored

 

Veterans in Baltimore City will be recognized by Baltimore City District Court for their successful completion of the Baltimore City Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) program on Tuesday, November 12, at a ceremony presided by District Court Judge Halee F. Weinstein.

Judge Weinstein, a U.S. Army veteran, founded VTC in 2015 as a comprehensive, court-supervised, and voluntary treatment-based program for veterans charged with misdemeanor and concurrent jurisdiction felonies in the District Court. Approximately 68 veterans have completed the VTC program to date, which has as its mission serving the community and increasing public safety by integrating a coordinated treatment response for veterans with substance abuse disorders and/or mental health issues.

The ceremony also celebrates the VTC’s four-year anniversary and recognizes Veterans Day 2019. Monday, November 11, is the federal observance of Veterans Day and it is an official court holiday when courts in Maryland are closed. 

The VTC graduates will be joined by family, friends, judges, prosecutors, and more than a dozen community partners.

WHO: Baltimore City District Court Judge Halee F. Weinstein, presiding
Baltimore City District Administrative Judge Barbara Baer Waxman
Dr. Adam M. Robinson, Jr., Director, VA Maryland Health Care System
Melissa Fitzgerald, Director, Advancing Justice Initiative, National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Sergeant Major (Ret.) Ginger Turner, The United States Army Field Band
United Way of Central Maryland
Warrior Canine Connection
Baltimore City VTC graduates

WHAT: Baltimore City VTC graduation ceremony and anniversary celebration

WHEN: Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Baltimore City District Court
Eastside District Courthouse, Courtroom 7
1400 E. North Avenue
Baltimore, Md. 21213

NOTE: Please contact the Maryland Judiciary, Government Relations and Public Affairs, by email at communications@mdcourts.gov if you plan to attend or have questions. The use of cameras inside the courtroom will be limited. Photographers will be allowed to take pictures of the graduates with Judge Weinstein in front of the military flags, but pictures are not permitted while the judge is on the bench. Photographers will be allowed to take still photography and/or video outside of the courtroom, but those requests must be approved in advance. Photographers must ask participants for their consent prior to taking pictures and/or video.

WATCH THE VIDEOS: To learn more about VTC and its mission, go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibUut-MA_jY, and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN2cHF_GbnU&t=2s.

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