Before Joining Represent Justice, Marshan Allen was a Research & Policy Fellow with Fair and Just Prosecution (FJP). Prior to joining FJP, he was the Policy Director for Restore Justice Foundation (RJ), an Illinois based criminal justice reform organization. He brings a long history of criminal justice, policy, and advocacy experience.
Marshan received a sentence of life-without-parole for an offense that occurred when he was 15 years of age but was released after almost 25 years because of the US Supreme Court’s decision in Miller vs Alabama. While incarcerated, Marshan held positions as a law clerk, inventory clerk, and teacher’s aide, among others. In 2006, he assisted the Illinois State Bar Association with a revision of Post-Trial Remedies: A Handbook for Illinois’ Prisoners. He has earned certificates in paralegal studies, business management, computer technology, and restorative justice, and he holds an associate degree from Lake Land College, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. In 2020, Marshan graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a bachelor’s in Justice Policy & Advocacy.
Since being released from the Illinois Department of Corrections in 2016, he has served on the board of Restore Justice Foundation and is an active member of the Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network (ICAN).
In 2018, the Illinois Judges Association presented Marshan with the Recognition of Excellence in Outreach Award, for participating in Your Future, Your Choice, a program designed to teach school-aged children about aspects of the law that they often find themselves in conflict with. In 2019, Marshan received the Liberty Bell Award from the Chicago Bar Association and the Grace Warren Award from the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY), where he currently serves on the Board of Directors.
In February 2020, Marshan was appointed by the Governor of Illinois to the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, a federally mandated State Advisory Group to the Governor, the General Assembly, and the Illinois Department of Human Services. He is also a member of Loyola University Center for Criminal Justice’s Emerging Adult Policy and Practice Network.