John A. Zottola is a judge on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania.

At the TEDx event at Pittsburgh State Prison, Judge Zottola talked about the need for “specialty courts,’’ which spotlights the unique needs of veterans and persons who have mental health issues who get caught up in the criminal justice system. During his 22 years on the bench, Judge Zottola earned national recognition for his founding and supervision of the county’s mental health court and veteran’s court.

We're all here for the same reason, and that is trying to help people regain their lives and make our community a better community

Specialty Courts - John Zottola - TEDxPittsburghStatePrison14:29

Specialty Courts - John Zottola - TEDxPittsburghStatePrison

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