Veterans Restorative Justice Program (VRJP)

The Kanabec County Attorney's Office is proud to announce the launch of the Veterans Restorative Justice Program (VRJP), a diversion program for military veterans in the criminal justice system.

Under the new VRJP, Kanabec County veterans who are charged with certain qualifying crimes may be eligible for diversion to rehabilitative treatment in lieu of the traditional criminal justice process.

The program involves intensive supervision and monitoring of the veteran’s treatment by an applicable treatment provider, the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Kanabec County Veterans Services Office, Court Services, and this Office.

To be eligible for the VRJP, the applicant must be an active (to include Reserve and National Guard servicemembers) or former member of the United States armed forces, and the charges must have some causal connection to his or her military service. The Kanabec County Attorney's Office retains sole discretion over admission to the program, based upon qualification of the applicant and the criminal charges pending.

The VRJP is a voluntary process. To request admission into the VRJP, the veteran must complete the Application form, Referral form, and Medical Release Form and VA Form 10-5345, and return the completed documents to the Kanabec County Attorney's Office.

The purpose of the VRJP is to provide veterans with the tools they need to address chemical use and mental health issues for successful re-entry into the community to lead productive and law-abiding lives.

The goals of the VRJP are to protect public safety, acknowledge the service and sacrifice of Kanabec County veterans, reduce veteran contacts with the criminal justice system, provide veterans with needed services and support, and to reduce costs to the public.

VRJP Policy and Procedures     
VRJP Application with Authorizations
VRJP Service Questionnaire
VRJP Program Rules
VRJP Peer Mentor Application