Protecting the Civil Rights of Incarcerated Oklahomans
Skilled McAlester civil rights attorneys put an end to abuses within the system
When a person is convicted of a crime, he or she may be sentenced to time in jail or in prison. As of November 2015, there are 28,130 inmates in Oklahoma jails, prisons, halfway houses and community work centers – at the local and state level, and in private institutions. That’s a large number of people, and it is in constant flux as people enter and exit the system every week. All 28,130 of those inmates are protected under the U.S. Constitution, and every single one of them deserves legal representation when their civil rights have been violated.
For 60 years, the McAlester civil rights attorneys of Stipe Law Firm have ensured that incarcerated Oklahomans are protected under the law, and that justice will be served when their rights are violated.
People in jails and prisons are paying their debts to society; they deserve the right to live without fear of being abused. We put our years of practice in the area of criminal defense to work for our clients, and you can trust in us to protect you or your loved ones when we’re needed the most.
Violations of civil rights and incarceration abuse
The one right that everyone really knows falls under the 8th Amendment, which prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment.” Oklahoma prisoners have a lot more rights than that. Stipe Law Firm helps uphold the civil rights of incarcerated men and women who:
- Have been physically or sexually abused by guards and detention officers
- Have been falsely imprisoned
- Were tasered or pepper sprayed excessively or without provocation
- Were denied medical treatment, or access to necessary and life-saving medications
- Were subject to torture – either physically or psychologically
- Have been abused or threatened by other inmates, even after those events and actions were reported to the guards or officers
- Were kept in solitary confinement for excessive amounts of time, or without provocation
- Live in unsanitary or sub-standard conditions
- Suffered malnutrition or dehydration
- Found themselves being discriminated against because of their gender, sex, religion, race or ethnic background
- Were denied access to their attorneys or to the courts
- Have been attacked or abused by canine units
- Were subjected, or whose families were subjected, to criminal forfeiture of assets unfairly or unduly
Incarceration abuses such as these occur in jails and prisons, in community work centers and halfway houses, in medical facilities and in private intuitions all across Oklahoma at an alarming rate. Making a case for abuse or neglect involves a thorough understanding of both Oklahoma and federal laws, which is why you want to hire a criminal defense lawyer with the experience and resources to handle it. Stipe Law Firm has been a trusted name in McAlester for the last 60 years. We have represented people just like you for generations. We understand your needs and your fears, and we believe that everyone is equal under the law. If you or your loved one is suffering abuse while incarcerated, you don’t have to sit back and do nothing. Let us help you help yourself and your family members by offering you options for your future. We fight for justice every day, and we’ll fight for you, too.
Passionate McAlester attorneys upholding the civil rights of Oklahoma prisoners
Serving time in jail or prison doesn’t put an end to your civil rights as a U.S. citizen. In fact, it might be the time when you need someone to lookout for your rights the most. If your family member is incarcerated in Oklahoma, and is suffering abuse or neglect at the hands of the very people who swore to uphold the justice system, Stipe Law Firm knows how to help. Please call 918.558.2255 or fill out our contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation with an experienced McAlester civil rights violations lawyer about your needs.