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Call for Papers: Special Issue on Veterans Treatment Courts

Editorial Team

Lead:   Julie Marie Baldwin, Ph.D., Missouri State University

Co-Editors: Hon. Peggy Fulton Hora (Ret.), President, Justice Speakers Institute, LLC

Preeti Menon, Justice Programs Office, American University


Request for Proposals

The Justice Programs Office, a center within the School of Public Affairs at American University, is the home of the National Drug Court Resource Center for the BJA Adult Drug Court Program. As part of this initiative, Drug Court Review, the premiere publication on problem-solving courts, invites submissions for a special issue on veterans treatment courts (VTCs). The VTC special issue is committed to the advancement of knowledge on VTCs and those in contact with them. The Editorial Team is soliciting original papers of interest to researchers, practitioners, and/or policymakers. Commentaries (works without any theoretical, legal, policy, or statistical analysis) will not be accepted. Potential topics of interest include:

  • Addressing trauma
  • Family involvement
  • Implementation (including key components)
  • Innovative practices
  • Law and policy evaluation
  • Mentoring
  • Multi-site research
  • Outcomes (mental and behavioral health, social, legal)

Interested authors should submit detailed outlines by October 18th, 2017 to the Editorial Team for review. Submissions should be attached as Word documents and emailed to with “Drug Court Review Submission” in the subject line. The Lead Guest Editor, Julie Baldwin, will notify all authors of acceptance decisions on October 26th and provide publication information to authors of approved outlines. Accepted authors should submit full manuscripts to the Lead Guest Editor no later than January 15th, 2018. Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. Key deadlines are below.

Interested Authors: Detailed outlines due October 18, 2017

  • October 18: Detailed outlines due to with “Drug Court Review Submission” in the subject line
  • October 26: Notification of acceptance decisions from Lead Guest Editor

Accepted Authors: Manuscripts due January 15, 2018

  • October 26: Author Guidelines and Timeline sent by Lead Guest Editor
  • January 15: Full manuscripts due to Lead Guest Editor
  • January 16-February 16: Peer review
  • February 1-19: Receive peer-review comments and requests from Lead Guest Editor
  • March 5: Final revisions due to Lead Guest Editor

For further information, please contact the Lead Guest Editor at

About the Editorial Team

Dr. Julie Marie Baldwin is an Assistant Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Missouri State University. She is a leading expert on VTCs with extensive experience conducting multi-site evaluations and national surveys and fostering strong researcher-practitioner partnerships. Since 2010, she has been working with courts, legislatures, agencies, and researchers in the area of VTCs and military service issues. She is currently the Principal Investigator on a multi-site evaluation of VTCs funded by the National Institute of Justice ($761,231), as well as the co-founder and co-President of the Veterans Treatment Court Research Consortium. Prior to her doctoral program, she was a court analyst for the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division 2nd Judicial Department (Brooklyn, NY) and an appeals paralegal and FOIL administrator for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office (Brooklyn, NY).

Hon. Peggy Fulton Hora (Ret.) is the President of the Justice Speakers Institute, LLC, faculty at the National Judicial College, and an Honorary President of the International Therapeutic Jurisprudence Society, a worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to advancing legal and interdisciplinary scholarship and best professional practices. Judge Hora is an international leader in the solution-focused courts movement and has written comprehensively on justice issues. After 21 years of service, she retired from the California Superior Court; her assignment included presiding over the Drug Treatment Court. She was a 2009-2010 Thinker in Residence of  South Australia, visiting scholar at the University of Tasmania School of Law, and Senior Judicial Fellow for the National Drug Court Institute and the Global Centre for Drug Treatment Courts.

Ms. Preeti P. Menon is the Senior Associate Director at the Justice Programs Office. She has extensive experience in justice system policy development and criminal justice program operations. Prior to joining American University, she served as a consultant with AU for BJA’s Drug Court Training And Technical Assistance Project and, previously, at the U.S. Department of Justice for eight years as a Policy Advisor on Adjudication for the Bureau of Justice Assistance and as a Social Science Program Specialist for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. She has worked as a Planning Specialist on contracts with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice and the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice and as a Research Assistant for the Federal Data Corporation.