about the judge
The Honorable Judge Marc Carter is a United States Army veteran and the presiding judge in the 228th Criminal District Court in Harris County, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1981, and he earned his law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in 1993. Judge Carter has been serving our country since 1981 when he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army Military Intelligence Corps. He held a Top Secret security clearance, achieved the rank of captain and was responsible for theater level intelligence gathering operations in Europe before resigning his commission in 1988. After Judge Carter resigned his commission he attended law school. From there, he became a law clerk for The Honorable Kenneth M. Hoyt, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He later joined the Harris County District Attorney’s Office as a trial lawyer before moving on to private practice. In 2003, Governor Rick Perry appointed Judge Carter as the 228th District Court Judge, where he has been serving ever since.
In 2009, Texas 82nd Legislature made it possible for counties to form specialty courts for veterans in need of mental health and drug treatment by diverting veterans with felony and misdemeanor offenses directly into treatment courts. This program reduces jail time, costs and criminal recidivism while providing treatment and social services necessary for a successful community reintegration. In November 2009, Harris County was the first county in the State of Texas to implement the Veterans Treatment Court Program (Veterans Treatment Court) with Judge Carter presiding. The work that Judge Carter and his staff do for veterans is volunteer work over and above their regular court duties. The Veterans Treatment Court partners with the Debakey VA Medical Center for treatment programs and MHA to provide peer mentoring services and assistance to access community resources.
Prior to his volunteer work with the Veterans Treatment Court, Judge Carter was co-presiding judge of the Change through Intervention-Mental Health Court that provides intensive supervision to high-risk probationers with mental illnesses. Judge Carter and Veterans Treatment Court’s successful approach to mental health and drug addiction treatment have received state and national recognition. They were featured on CBS “60 Minutes” and PBS “Need to Know”. They have received numerous awards to include the “Ima Hogg Award” from Mental Health America, the “Johnny Klevenhagen Award” from Crime Stoppers, the “Praxis Award” from Villanova University, the “Pro Bono Award” by the State Bar of Texas, and the “Rehnquist Award” from the National Association of State Courts with Chief Justice John Roberts of the United States Supreme Court as the presenter.
Judge Carter is proud of his military family. His father a Vietnam veteran, and his twin brother a veteran of the first Gulf War, were career Army Officers. His older brother served in the Air Force and retired from the Department of Veteran Affairs. He has a nephew that is a West Point graduate and currently serving in the Army as an attack helicopter pilot.
Judge Carter has been married to his wife Roswitha for over 30 years and they have two adult daughters, Asasia and Amber.
William H. Rehnquist Award
Judge Marc C. Carter has been named recipient of the 2016 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, presented annually of the National Center for State Courts. The Rehnquist Award recognizes a state court judge who possesses integrity, fairness, open mindedness, intellectual court and sound judgement.
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Jesse Brown Distinguished Leadership Award
The NAACP Veterans Task Force has named Judge Marc Carter as the recipient of the 2018 Jesse Brown Distinguished Leadership Award. The award will be bestowed during the 43rd Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Luncheon on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. Judge Carter is being recognized for his military service, judicial excellence, professional ethics, sound judgement, intellectual courage, compassion and desire to help veterans who need rehabilitation and reconciliation as an alternative to incarceration.
Judge Carter as Keynote Speaker
It all started when…
having seen an almost endless stream of United State's Military Veterans come through his felony court room, Judge Marc Carter saw the need for change.
Our military veterans sacrifice much for our freedom on every tour and every deployment. The horrors of war and the loss of friends and comrades take an immense toll on our warriors. While they are in service many hide the pain and trauma that they suffer in order to continue serving, but upon coming home many of them feel lost. These feelings and trauma result in many of them turning to drugs or alcohol in an effort to self medicate, or the lash out the ones the love or those trying to help them.
But this does not have to be that way, Judge Marc Carter along members of the United State's Veteran's Administration and Hospital, along with the Harris County District Attorney's Office, the Harris County Defense Bar, and many others have joined together to break this cycle and help out the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. Please listen to their stories.