Restorative Justice for Defense Attorneys
Most often Restorative Justice is decided as part of sentencing. In some cases it can be used prior to sentencing, if both prosecution and defense are open to this.
“I've been a defense attorney for about 7 years. I think the process of Restorative Justice is a terrific one. The kids that I have seen involved in Restorative Justice really get a lot out of it. Miraculous things happen, people are able to talk to each other.
It doesn't matter if it's criminal or civil proceedings, the worst of people comes out in the courtroom. However Restorative Justice gives people the opportunity to restore something, restore faith in the system, and have understanding of where other people are coming from. I think it is so necessary on so any levels. "
- Kathryn Wallace, Defense Attorney, Silver City, NM.