With a passion for alternative approaches in the field of Criminal Justice, Lohra Miller works to improve the futures of individuals, families, communities, and the justice system as a whole. Former District Attorney for Salt Lake County, Lohra Miller is dedicated to upholding justice by ensuring offenders face appropriate, consistent consequences for their actions. Her dedication to architecting alternative solutions that hold offenders accountable for petty crimes area led her to develop a passion for Restorative Justice.
Restorative Justice aims to cultivate long term solutions to petty crimes outside the traditional criminal justice system. Not only does this approach save justice system budgets, but it also helps offenders avoid a criminal record that could cause them to reoffend. Restorative Justice solutions can also feature education that is tailored to the offense to ensure that crimes such as shoplifting do not go unpunished and do not happen again. In addition, Restorative Justice can help police officers and justice system professionals focus their time on more serious crimes. Lohra Miller is the founder and Chief Executive Officer at Turning Point Justice, which works with the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention to offer the CAP for Shoplifting crime accountability program, which can be considered a Restorative Justice solution to shoplifting.
Lohra became passionate about alternative approaches to justice as she experienced first-hand how modern justice system workloads and growing crimes mean that some petty offenders face no consequences for their actions. Without consequences, many offenders are tempted to reoffend, which can lead to bigger problems in the future, both for the community and the individual.
Lohra Miller founded Turning Point Justice to help petty offenders understand why they committed the crime, to help them understand that petty crimes can affect their entire community, make amends for the damages, and to create a solution that helps offender avoid committing the crime again. With the CAP for Shoplifting program offered in partnership with NASP, offenders receive a positive learning experience and the chance to develop better future. In addition, Lohra collaborates with jurisdictions to ensure these programs comply with traditional justice system practices and procedures across local community and state laws.
Shoplifting is an epidemic today, and these petty crimes are often committed by people who may be your friend, colleague, neighbor or family member. Restorative Justice solutions like CAP help these first-time, petty offenders avoid a criminal record. Criminal records can cause long-term damage, preventing individuals from getting jobs, entering college, preventing them from obtaining any type of credit or getting a loan, and limiting their options in life. Restorative Justice programs embrace education and give offenders a chance to make things right in order to strengthen communities as well as individual success.