According to a “ReEntry” report by Ebony S. McDonald of the Department of Veterans Affairs [PPT], as of 2007, 223,000 inmates in United States prisons or jails were veterans of military service–9 out of every 100 prisoners. The number increased to 703,000 if one included veterans currently under supervision, which I take to mean parole. Data from 2002 showed that 70-percent of offenses were for non-violent crimes.

The Veterans Justice Partnership is a VA/VISN 4 program designed to offer veterans an “alternative to incarceration,” although from what I understand the program operates primarily in Pennsylvania, not at a national level.

Georgia opened the first jail designed to exclusively house veterans earlier this year. (Photo: Wally Gobetz/Flickr)