H. R. 5213

To direct the Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, to establish a pilot program to help State prisons and local jails improve the documentation of incarcerated veterans.

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117 HR 5213 IH: Justice Involved Veterans Support Act

U.S. House of Representatives

2021-09-10

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I

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 5213

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 10, 2021

Mr. Crow

(for himself and

Mr. Young

) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the

Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To direct the Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, to establish a pilot program to help State prisons and local jails improve the documentation of incarcerated veterans.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the

Justice Involved Veterans Support Act

.

2.

Findings

Congress finds the following:

(1)

Approximately 181,000 veterans are incarcerated in the United States.

(2)

More than half of all veterans involved in the criminal justice system suffer from a mental health condition or substance abuse disorder.

(3)

Such veterans may be at a greater risk for suicide.

(4)

Veterans released from incarceration have specialized needs and face different issues relating to reentry into society.

3.

Pilot program to improve documentation of incarcerated veterans

(a)

Establishment

The Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, shall carry out a pilot program to provide grants and technical assistance to State prisons and local jails to improve documentation of whether inmates of such institutions are veterans.

(b)

Purpose

The purposes of the pilot program are the following:

(1)

To assist the Secretary in providing benefits to incarcerated veterans under laws administered by the Secretary.

(2)

To assist veterans affairs offices of States in providing benefits to incarcerated veterans under laws administered by such offices.

(3)

To increase the number of veterans involved in the criminal justice system whose cases are diverted to veterans treatment courts.

(c)

Priority

In selecting grant recipients under the pilot program, the Attorney General shall give priority to State prisons and local jails located in—

(1)

States that contain the greatest populations of veterans per capita;

(2)

States with the highest rates of veterans living in poverty; and

(3)

jurisdictions that contain a veterans treatment court or veterans diversion program.

(d)

Definitions

In this section, the terms

veterans treatment court

and

veterans diversion program

mean a State or local court that is participating in the veterans treatment court program (as defined in section 2991(i)(1) of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968;

34 U.S.C. 10651(i)(1)

).