Letters to the Editor: Specialist ex-military courts would reduce crime

Originally published in The Telegraph


Anton Shelupanov and Trevor Philpott


SIR – Just as society has a duty to help veterans make the transition to civilian life, so the justice system has the opportunity and the duty to address the issues faced by veterans who commit crimes, and help them to get back on their feet.


It’s time to consider specialist courts for former service personnel. In America, specialist courts for veteran offenders show promising results in reducing crime rates.


Trevor Philpott
Project Lead, Veterans Change Partnership
Anton Shelupanov
Deputy Director, Centre for Justice Innovation