City of Henderson Municipal Court
Chief Judge Mark Stevens
Judge Stevens adopted Veterans Court in Henderson after the Nevada Legislature authorized the establishment of this specialty court in 2009. He himself is a military veteran and wanted to give back to his fellow veterans who needed a little help to get back on track. Most participants are first-time offenders of misdemeanor crimes and have issues related to their service.
Veterans Court focuses on these Veterans’ underlying issues and provides access to resources which enable successful compliance with the Court’s orders. “We work with defendants who are new to the court system to rehabilitate and hopefully prevent any further criminal activity on their part,” said Judge Stevens. “These veterans come back home and have a tough time adjusting to life outside of the military. Through my own service and experience I understand some of their challenges and work closely with a team of dedicated professionals to get them the help they need.”
Participants in the program complete any or all of the following as part of their sentence:
- Treatment needs
- Court ordered counseling
- Veterans Administration recommended counseling, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Counseling, mental health counseling, as well as drug or alcohol addiction counseling.
The veteran may also be required:
- To submit to random drug and alcohol testing
- Be subject to ongoing monitoring of any possible additional criminal activity
- Complete Community Service and/or Work Program under the supervision of the City of Henderson Alternative Sentencing department.
Potential participants should bring their DD-214 to their arraignment.