W. Haywood Burns Institute

W. Haywood Burns Institute The Burns Institute is a leading organization in the field of juvenile justice and ethnic and racial disparities reduction, with a focus on advancing the well-being of all children and their communities.

We are a national organization that provides technical assistance to stakeholders, both in the justice system and beyond, in order to promote fair and equitable treatment for youth of color and poor youth. Using a data-driven process, we facilitate collaborative environments where community and system stakeholders can identify and address disparities, redirect resources to community-based alternatives, and reduce system involvement for youth. Our national network, the Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY), provides support to community groups and arms them with the tools and staff to strengthen their programs and engage in policy work.

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As part of our yearlong celebration of BI founder James Bell, we had him sit down with Shannan Wilber (Youth Policy Dire...
06/21/2021
A Conversation Amongst Friends James Bell and Shannan Wilber

As part of our yearlong celebration of BI founder James Bell, we had him sit down with Shannan Wilber (Youth Policy Director at National Center for Le***an Rights) for "A Conversation Amongst Friends." They look back on their first trial together when, in a Kentucky courtroom, their shared passion for youth justice cemented their relationship. They also reflect on where the justice movement is headed and how those with experience must make way for the innovations of today’s fearless and visionary young leaders. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/cDyeAiC-TGI

As part of our yearlong celebration of BI founder James Bell, we had him sit down with Shannan Wilber (Youth Policy Director at National Center for Le***an R...

Juneteenth gives us the opportunity to remember our true history while reminding us that we are still on a journey to fr...
06/19/2021

Juneteenth gives us the opportunity to remember our true history while reminding us that we are still on a journey to free ourselves from racialized social control. ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻

Juneteenth gives us the opportunity to remember our true history while reminding us that we are still on a journey to free ourselves from racialized social control. ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻

June 15th…. Today, we pause to honor the day of Haywood Burns birth, and light a candle that represents the light he wou...
06/15/2021

June 15th….
Today, we pause to honor the day of Haywood Burns birth, and light a candle that represents the light he would shine on injustice, and the torch we will continue to carry in his honor.
#haywoodburns #Justice #fairness #equity

June 15th….
Today, we pause to honor the day of Haywood Burns birth, and light a candle that represents the light he would shine on injustice, and the torch we will continue to carry in his honor.
#haywoodburns #Justice #fairness #equity

As we close out our series, the immense imprint James has had on our organization and our team is clear. We now move int...
05/14/2021

As we close out our series, the immense imprint James has had on our organization and our team is clear. We now move into this next phase, excited to see the BI Executive Leadership Team carry on his legacy in moving us all forward in our pursuit of justice, fairness, and equity.

As we close out our series, the immense imprint James has had on our organization and our team is clear. We now move into this next phase, excited to see the BI Executive Leadership Team carry on his legacy in moving us all forward in our pursuit of justice, fairness, and equity.

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames
05/12/2021

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames
05/10/2021

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

A powerful article on St. Louis, post-Ferguson, and a roadmap to achieve transformative structural changes in the admini...
05/07/2021
The Ferguson movement is on the cusp of revolutionizing political power in St. Louis

A powerful article on St. Louis, post-Ferguson, and a roadmap to achieve transformative structural changes in the administration of justice

https://revealnews.org/article/the-ferguson-movement-is-on-the-cusp-of-revolutionizing-political-power-in-st-louis/?fbclid=IwAR3Wx6CNUwzzNzYVmB5tCP9K6qc8ZbsRZ8tHQj0LtwI_dCiMUYFLOvVci30

After a group of young Black activists saw police reform efforts fail, they came up with a new plan.

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames
05/05/2021

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames
05/03/2021

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames
04/30/2021

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames
04/29/2021

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames
04/28/2021

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames
04/27/2021

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames
04/26/2021

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames
04/22/2021

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

04/20/2021

“Step by step. A small crack in the wall. Rain a fall but the dirty tuff. The struggle continues.”

James Bell

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames
04/20/2021

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity #thankyouJames
04/19/2021

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity
#thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity
#thankyouJames

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who has helped pave the way towards #justice #fairness and #equity
04/16/2021

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who has helped pave the way towards #justice #fairness and #equity

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who has helped pave the way towards #justice #fairness and #equity

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity
04/15/2021

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity
04/14/2021

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity

Celebrating a legend #JamesBell who helped pave our way towards #justice #fairness and #equity

04/13/2021
Our process is quite simple. Let us know if we can support you on your journey to Structural Well-Being.
04/10/2021

Our process is quite simple.
Let us know if we can support you on your journey to Structural Well-Being.

Our process is quite simple.
Let us know if we can support you on your journey to Structural Well-Being.

Honoring the life and legacy of Haywood Burns 💥
04/03/2021

Honoring the life and legacy of Haywood Burns 💥

Honoring the life and legacy of Haywood Burns 💥

03/26/2021

As we all continue the hard work of dismantling structural racism and its evil genius design, we need to replace it with something radically different.
We imagine something like this:
Structural Well-Being #structuralwellbeing

Mental models are how we make sense of the world and all it’s moving parts. Some of our mental models are rooted in whit...
03/26/2021

Mental models are how we make sense of the world and all it’s moving parts. Some of our mental models are rooted in white supremacy culture, because this is the culture we swim in.
The longer we swim in a culture, the less we see it.

We must recognize this so we can unpack and dismantle it. Then we can reroute our thinking. The most beautiful thing about mental models, is that they can be changed. We can dismantle the current construct and rebuild something for us. Centered in our collective well-being and love.
#structuralwellbeing #love #radicalimagination

Mental models are how we make sense of the world and all it’s moving parts. Some of our mental models are rooted in white supremacy culture, because this is the culture we swim in.
The longer we swim in a culture, the less we see it.

We must recognize this so we can unpack and dismantle it. Then we can reroute our thinking. The most beautiful thing about mental models, is that they can be changed. We can dismantle the current construct and rebuild something for us. Centered in our collective well-being and love.
#structuralwellbeing #love #radicalimagination

As we all continue the hard work of dismantling structural racism and its evil genius design, we need to replace it with...
03/24/2021

As we all continue the hard work of dismantling structural racism and its evil genius design, we need to replace it with something radically different.
We imagine something like this:
Structural Well-Being #structuralwellbeing

As we all continue the hard work of dismantling structural racism and its evil genius design, we need to replace it with something radically different.
We imagine something like this:
Structural Well-Being #structuralwellbeing

If you agree that we should #EndEndlessProbation for youth in California, say “Me too!” in support of #AB503: http://bit...
03/22/2021

If you agree that we should #EndEndlessProbation for youth in California, say “Me too!” in support of #AB503: http://bit.ly/MeTooAB503

If you agree that we should #EndEndlessProbation for youth in California, say “Me too!” in support of #AB503: http://bit.ly/MeTooAB503

Out of the 20,000 young people placed on probation in CA in 2019, 87% were youth of color. #AB503 breaks the pattern of ...
03/20/2021

Out of the 20,000 young people placed on probation in CA in 2019, 87% were youth of color. #AB503 breaks the pattern of using surveillance as a social control over our young people. http://bit.ly/MeTooAB503

Out of the 20,000 young people placed on probation in CA in 2019, 87% were youth of color. #AB503 breaks the pattern of using surveillance as a social control over our young people. http://bit.ly/MeTooAB503

#AB503 helps shift our juvenile justice system from one centered around punishment to one based on care. Join us in supp...
03/18/2021

#AB503 helps shift our juvenile justice system from one centered around punishment to one based on care. Join us in supporting CA youth: http://bit.ly/MeTooAB503 #EndEndlessProbation

#AB503 helps shift our juvenile justice system from one centered around punishment to one based on care. Join us in supporting CA youth: http://bit.ly/MeTooAB503 #EndEndlessProbation

The Haywood Burns Institute continues to stand in solidarity with our AAPI communities. #stopaapiviolence #stopantiasian...
03/18/2021

The Haywood Burns Institute continues to stand in solidarity with our AAPI communities.
#stopaapiviolence #stopantiasianviolence #standtogether

The Haywood Burns Institute continues to stand in solidarity with our AAPI communities.
#stopaapiviolence #stopantiasianviolence #standtogether

Join our BI family and network on March 5, 2021 at 4 pm PST | 6 pm CST | 7pm EST to celebrate James Bell on his birthday...
02/26/2021

Join our BI family and network on March 5, 2021 at 4 pm PST | 6 pm CST | 7pm EST to celebrate James Bell on his birthday during a virtual Happy Birthday “Happy Hour!” 🥳🥳🥳

Join our BI family and network on March 5, 2021 at 4 pm PST | 6 pm CST | 7pm EST to celebrate James Bell on his birthday during a virtual Happy Birthday “Happy Hour!” 🥳🥳🥳

The Haywood Burns Institute stands in solidarity with our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Stop AAPI Hat...
02/25/2021

The Haywood Burns Institute stands in solidarity with our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
Stop AAPI Hate
Stop Anti-Asian Violence
Together, in the pursuit of justice, fairness & equity.

The Haywood Burns Institute stands in solidarity with our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
Stop AAPI Hate
Stop Anti-Asian Violence
Together, in the pursuit of justice, fairness & equity.

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California Governor Signs Youth Justice Bills That Promote Equity Earlier this week, Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills that represent a major step forward for equity, justice reform, and smart public policy in California. The W. Haywood Burns Institute (BI), a co-sponsor of the bills, commends the Governor for his leadership in considering the data, research, and racial/ethnic and geographic disparities that were perpetuated by the status quo. The first bill, SB 1391, ends adult court prosecution of 14- and 15-year-olds. The second, SB 439, keeps children under 12 out of the justice system entirely, instead instructing counties to refer the children to the least restrictive services. The two pieces of legislation, according to Laura Ridolfi, Director of Policy at the Burns Institute, “will go a long way to reduce recidivism and avoid harmful and lifelong trauma, particularly to youth of color, who are disproportionately subjected to the courts.” Black teens are 11 times more likely, and Latino teens five times more likely, to be prosecuted in adult court for similar crimes as white children. Since 2003 (when California started collecting data on this practice) more than 1,500 14- and 15-year-olds faced adult court prosecution and sentences, including life in prison. Ample research today confirms that children should be treated like children, Ridolfi says, citing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Justice studies found that youth treated in the juvenile system are less likely to commit new crimes than those tried as adults. “Fourteen and 15 year-olds can’t drive, vote, buy alcohol or ci******es, or join the military. Our other laws recognize the immaturity and vulnerability of young teenagers -- SB 1391 allows our justice system to be more age appropriate and in line with current developmental science,” Ridolfi explained. The Burns Institute, along with coalition partners, had been advocating for the end of adult court prosecution of youth for years, including publishing a recent issues brief with Human Rights Watch entitled, “Futures Denied: Why California Should Not Prosecute 14- and 15-year-olds as Adults.” SB 439 ends the juvenile court prosecution of children under age 12, unless a child has been accused of committing murder or r**e. This bill will help mitigate the existing racial and ethnic disparities for young children. Currently, Black children under age 12 are almost four times as likely to be referred to probation as white youth; five times as likely to have a case petitioned in court; and more than six times as likely as white youth to be incarcerated in juvenile hall pending their adjudication. These racial/ethnic disparities may partially be the consequence of seeing childhood differently for children of color, Ridolfi points out. In a recent study, law enforcement officers who were shown photos of white, black and Latino youth accused of felony offenses overestimated the age of black youth by 4.5 years and Latino youth by 2.3 years while underestimating the age of white youth. Regardless of race or ethnicity, most young children arrive at the justice system because of age-appropriate behavior like truancy, drawing on school property, and school fights. Over half of cases are closed at intake. Yet, even these short interactions are harmful, Ridolfi said. “Research shows that even brief contact with the justice system can have lasting and negative psychological and health impacts for young children,” Ridolfi explained. “SB 439 will help protect the mental health of California’s children and encourage child serving agencies and the law enforcement community to utilize appropriate services in response to youthful misbehavior, while also keeping children safe from further trauma.” “These are both groundbreaking pieces of legislation, that other states should consider in order to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in youth justice, better protect their children’s mental health, reduce recidivism, and keep our communities safe,” Ridolfi affirmed. “The laws are in line with contemporary developmental research and data on youth in our legal systems. These changes are both overdue and welcomed.”
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Arrest Diversion Grants! Deadline Oct 27th! The Burns Institute has been working with the Open Society Foundation and others to generate support for viable alternatives to mass criminalization. They are small (up to $25,000) but can be used for innovate work that's hard to fund. This funding is intended to strengthen community-driven health services and resource interventions made prior to or instead of arrest. The goal is to improve the capacity of community-based organizations to deliver resources and harm-reduction services shown to improve health and well-being. Arrest diversion programs will include leaders who are directly impacted and equitably resourced. Communities will design health-centered interventions that empower participants and measurably reduce the harms of policing drug use, s*x work and other subsistence-based trade. Organizations most responsive to the needs of over-policed communities will gain the tools and networks to systematically divert those facing the greatest risk of incarceration. Criminal Justice Initiative will manage the application process. Grant selection will be made through consensus by CJI’s circle of activists and survivors of the war on drugs. Full information and application https://criminaljusticeinitiative.submittable.com/submit/?mc_cid=cae2aa4651&mc_eid=f63607994b For further questions, please contact Bridgette Butler at 646-849-9174 or [email protected].