Civil Rights Cases

If you believe your civil rights were violated, I would encourage you to call the office and schedule an appointment to discuss the matter. For nearly 40 years, I’ve fought for the rights of my clients and I am committed to fighting for your rights as well. I encourage you to call my office and set an appointment to discuss your case with me so that critical early decisions (e.g., what laws apply, do you need to file a claim with the government, in which court should your lawsuit be filed) are fully discussed and the most thoughtful decisions possible are made. Whether you’ve been a victim of police brutality, jail inmate abuse, police pursuits, or an inmate death, I am available to discuss your case with you and can assist you in making those early, critical decisions.

Prisoner Litigation Cases

Mr. Stephens has been practicing law for nearly 40 years. 37 of those years he has represented persons accused of crime … mainly poor people charged with crime. He’s spent more time in jails meeting with clients than have almost any other lawyer practicing. And while in those jails, he’s witnessed first-hand the cruel, demeaning, disrespectful, unnecessarily harsh way his clients have been treated, and he’s angry about that.

Mr. Stephens believes that no pre-trial detainee or inmate should be made to endure physical or sexual abuse or subjected to psychological harm while in custody.

Most people housed in local jails are ‘pre-trial detainees,’ meaning they have merely been charged with having committed a crime. They have not been convicted of that crime. Further, virtually all of the people in our local jails will be released back to their families, loved ones and community. It’s in everyone’s best interest that their reintegration into the community be successful. Not only does abusing people housed in our local jails decrease the chances for that successful reintegration, it can also lead to serious physical and emotional damage to the detainee and their loved ones. It is cruel, shortsighted, wrong and unnecessary. In today’s political climate, jail is the preferred solution to social issues including but not limited to addiction, mental health problems, poverty, unemployment, and racism. If that’s the ‘strategy of choice,’ then counties must properly resource those jails to ensure the safety of the people being housed there.

While there may be some attorneys with more experience in prisoner litigation cases, I suspect there aren’t any who have experienced first-hand the effects of draconian jail policies more than I have over my career. It makes me angry the way most local governments run their jails. If given the opportunity, I will work tirelessly to seek redress for the wrongs suffered by you, your family member, or a loved one.

If you, or someone you know, has been injured while incarcerated and you’d like to talk to a lawyer, call the Law Office of Mark E. Stephens.

Police Encounters

Mr. Stephens has been practicing law for nearly 40 years. 37 of those years he has represented persons accused of crime who have had encounters with police. If you’ve had an encounter with a police officer where you believe your civil rights were violated, I would encourage you to call the Law Office of Mark E. Stephens. If given the opportunity, I will work tirelessly to seek redress for the wrongs suffered by you, your family member, or a loved one.