Los Alamos residents are invited to the next Voices of Los Alamos meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the Unitarian Church.
During the meeting, Steven Horak from the Los Alamos Environmental Management Office, will give a brief update on the Chromium plume, and democratic candidate for municipal judge, Elizabeth Allen, will give a presentation on restorative justice.
Restorative justice is an alternative approach to justice that aims at repairing the harm done by a crime by bringing together victims, offenders, and community members. If you have ever been a victim of a crime, you may have been disappointed by the criminal justice system and felt as though you had no voice in the process. As an offender, you may have likewise experienced shame and felt that you were punished in an unfair manner.
The goal of restorative justice is to allow all parties to agree to a resolution that will provide restitution to the victim as well as to the community at large, while ensuring that the offender takes responsibility and discourages further harm.
During her presentation, Allen will discuss a brief review of the philosophy of Restorative Justice with the pros and cons of execution. She also will present a review of Los Alamos Teen Court and alternative sentencing practices.
Allen studied Political Science at Brigham Young University and received her law degree from Pepperdine School of Law in Malibu, Calif. She worked in California as an advocate for children with special needs and in Idaho as a prosecutor for Nampa and Caldwell City in Canyon County. Allen then opened her own law firm where she worked with child protection cases and both felony and misdemeanor defense.
After moving to Los Alamos, Allen worked as a coordinator for the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) and the Los Alamos Teen Court and was a member of JJAB and the DWI Planning Committee. Allen’s private law practice focuses on wills and trusts, adoptions, guardianships, real estate matters, special education, business formation, misdemeanor defense and post-conviction appeals. She teaches Business Law and Criminal Law at UNM-LA.