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.

Mission: The Burns Institute aims to protect and improve the lives of youth of color and poor youth by reducing the adverse impacts of public and private youth-serving systems to ensure fairness and equity throughout the juvenile justice system and ensure the well-being of their communities.

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Don’t Miss It! ⬇️⬇️Episode 5 of #TheWayForward Live Streams will feature a host of panelists including our own, Tshaka B...
10/19/2020

Don’t Miss It! ⬇️⬇️
Episode 5 of #TheWayForward Live Streams will feature a host of panelists including our own, Tshaka Barrows!

Follow Forward Promise and tune in to their live stream channels (Facebook/Twitter/YouTube) for the link! ☑️☑️

10/20/2020 @ 9am PST / 12pmEST

Repost: The Sentencing Project "Despite almost two decades of declines in U.S. youth incarceration, a new report from Th...
09/30/2020
Youth Justice Under the Coronavirus: Linking Public Health Protections with the Movement for Youth Decarceration | The Sentencing Project

Repost: The Sentencing Project

"Despite almost two decades of declines in U.S. youth incarceration, a new report from The Sentencing Project reveals more than 1,800 incarcerated youth have tested positive for COVID-19 since March, including more than 300 cases in Florida and Texas.
Youth Justice Under the Coronavirus: Linking Public Health Protections with the Movement for Youth Decarceration provides recommendations to slow the spread of the virus in juvenile facilities, starting with reduced use of incarceration, and provides examples of successful steps taken by states that have followed experts’ recommendations." #COVIDJustice #DecarcerateNow https://sent.pr/3jbYhoG

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has infected more than 1,800 incarcerated youth and more than 2,500 staff working in the detention... Read More »

A Night of Storytelling for 'Black Joy' | KQED
09/23/2020
A Night of Storytelling for 'Black Joy' | KQED

A Night of Storytelling for 'Black Joy' | KQED

Led by writer Daniel Summerhill, emerging poets and their mentors come together for a virtual panel and reading — a vibrant exploration of what it means to be young, gifted and Black.

The Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People and Families Movement (FICPFM) is a network of over 50 civil and human righ...
09/08/2020

The Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People and Families Movement (FICPFM) is a network of over 50 civil and human rights organizations led by policy experts, subject matter experts, organizers, thought-leaders, artists, healers and attorneys who also have conviction histories or are family members who are closely involved with people living with conviction histories.

This year’s virtual conference theme is: What’s At Stake. For 2 days, you’re invited to join FICPFM for programming that features the voices of FICPFM members. Together, you will explore a diverse set of topics within the criminal legal system.

Register Here: www.FICPFM2020.com and follow Ficpfm for additional updates, resources, and connections!

We are 1 day away from Ficpfm’s #WhatsAtStake virtual conference hosted by Brittany Packnett Cunningham. Join us for 2 d...
09/08/2020
Home | FICPFM

We are 1 day away from Ficpfm’s #WhatsAtStake virtual conference hosted by Brittany Packnett Cunningham. Join us for 2 days of conversation, education + discovery around the criminal justice system. PLUS a special appearance from John Legend!

Register, today!
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http://FICPFM2020.com

"But it must begin with an acknowledgement of the myth of white supremacy and the deconstruction of the framework throug...
09/08/2020
URBAN AGENDA: Don’t Kill the Messengers

"But it must begin with an acknowledgement of the myth of white supremacy and the deconstruction of the framework through which it operates."

In the wake of the callous murder of George Floyd, people around the nation and world continue to rise up and demand justice

Many local #youthjustice systems fail to count Latinx youth, hiding systemic bias and hindering critical change efforts....
09/03/2020

Many local #youthjustice systems fail to count Latinx youth, hiding systemic bias and hindering critical change efforts. Check out the new report, The Latinx Data Gap in Youth Justice from
@AlianzaForYouthJustice and UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative.

As students go back to school during the pandemic, advocates and parents fear that changes to disciplinary rules will di...
09/03/2020
New rules, more trauma fuel worries of a coming school discipline crisis

As students go back to school during the pandemic, advocates and parents fear that changes to disciplinary rules will disproportionately impact the same students who were most frequently removed from classrooms beforethe pandemic. Read more here.

A flood of changes to school rules and discipline codes is coming at a time of heightened stress for students and teachers.

As students return to school during the pandemic, schools need to ensure that students receive social & emotional suppor...
09/03/2020

As students return to school during the pandemic, schools need to ensure that students receive social & emotional support — and end the pattern of disproportionate disciplinary action against Black & Native students, & students w/disabilities.

Police in schools — aka "School Resource Officers" — are *not* there for safety and actively contribute to the school-to...
09/03/2020
Home | Kids Imprisoned

Police in schools — aka "School Resource Officers" — are *not* there for safety and actively contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline. What happens from there? Check out this interactive overview of the youth justice system: https://kidsimprisoned.news21.com

“Kids Imprisoned,” a major investigation into juvenile justice, is the 2020 project of the Carnegie-Knight News21 program.

The Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People and Families Movement - Ficpfm  is a network of over 50 civil and human rig...
09/01/2020
Register | FICPFM

The Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People and Families Movement - Ficpfm is a network of over 50 civil and human rights organizations led by policy experts, subject matter experts, organizers, thought-leaders, artists, healers and attorneys who also have conviction histories or are family members who are closely involved with people living with conviction histories.

This year's virtual conference theme is: What's At Stake. For 2 days, you're invited to join us for programming that features the voices of FICPFM members. Together, we'll explore a diverse set of topics within the criminal legal system. Register Here! https://ficpfm2020.com/register

The Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People and Families Movement (FICPFM) is a network of over 50 civil and human rights organizations led by policy experts, subject matter experts, organizers, thought-leaders, artists, healers and attorneys who also have conviction histories or are family members...

New Fact Sheet: DJJ Realignment Must Address Racial Justice as Youth of Color Are Harmed Most by the Justice System — Ce...
08/28/2020
New Fact Sheet: DJJ Realignment Must Address Racial Justice as Youth of Color Are Harmed Most by the Justice System — Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

New Fact Sheet: DJJ Realignment Must Address Racial Justice as Youth of Color Are Harmed Most by the Justice System — Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

As California moves to close the Division of Juvenile Justice, state leaders must ensure meaningful oversight and safeguards for youth of color as outlined is Senate Bill 823.

Please join the BI in celebrating Ritchie Lee for all that he is and for his internship at the Haywood Burns Institute! ...
08/18/2020

Please join the BI in celebrating Ritchie Lee for all that he is and for his internship at the Haywood Burns Institute!
During his time with us, Ritchie contributed to the developing of curriculum highlighting structural racism in policing and the need for transformation, not reform in our approach to public safety. Ritchie conducted a literature research highlighting that long commitments for young people away from home (especially in a carceral settings) are counter to public safety and additional research on state legislation authorizing the time youth spend on probation in each state.

The BI is grateful for your commitment and partnership in the work and we wish you success in all that you pursue, Ritchie! ✊🏾

Experts: Latino youth ‘invisible’ in juvenile justice data
08/06/2020
Experts: Latino youth ‘invisible’ in juvenile justice data

Experts: Latino youth ‘invisible’ in juvenile justice data

Today, the Latino and Hispanic population is the largest ethnic or racial minority group in the country, according to the U.S. Census. Yet, experts say their presence in the juvenile justice system is severely underreported. : Many experts agree Latino, Indigenous and Hispanic youth are misidentifie...

#grateful #teamwork #justice
07/31/2020

#grateful #teamwork #justice

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07/31/2020

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Akonadi Foundation Launches Five-Year, $12.5 Million Initiative to End Criminalization of Black Youth and Youth of Color...
06/30/2020
All In For Oakland

Akonadi Foundation Launches Five-Year, $12.5 Million Initiative to End Criminalization of Black Youth and Youth of Color in Oakland.

Grants support the powerful people of color-led movement to transform youth justice.

rp: Akonadi Foundation

Ending the Criminalization of Black Youth and Youth of Color in Oakland

The Burns Institute is so excited to reveal our website and logo refresh, soon! ✏️🎨The website will not only continue to...
06/25/2020

The Burns Institute is so excited to reveal our website and logo refresh, soon! ✏️🎨
The website will not only continue to provide a strategic and inclusive hub of resources, data and policy references, and engaging thought pieces from our dedicated BI staff, but also a captivating space where purpose meets action, values shape art, and the pursuit of Justice, Fairness & Equity persists!
Stay tuned for the reveal! ✔️
#Summer2020 #Justice #Fairness #Equity

Take Action Tomorrow! ✊🏾
06/24/2020

Take Action Tomorrow! ✊🏾

06/24/2020

Call to Action!🚨🚨

"It seems we get an idea of why the institution of policing at its core believe in the use of deadly force for illogical...
06/22/2020
Hunter-Judges: Refining their Craft for Over 400 Years | Burns Institute

"It seems we get an idea of why the institution of policing at its core believe in the use of deadly force for illogical reasons on folks with darker skin, its mother is slavery and its father is capitalism."

Author: Airto Morales, Burns Institute.

Hunter-Judges: Refining their Craft for Over 400 Years Posted on June 22, 2020June 22, 2020 by BI Staff Writer Hunter-Judges: Refining their Craft for Over 400 Years May 2020 – The Year of Unrest As I have been observing my sons growing up and enjoying viewing certain cartoons, I quickly noticed h...

“Do the work and it will be different this time.”Angela Glover Blackwell, BI Board Chair, offers a compelling and honest...
06/17/2020
Commentary | PolicyLink

“Do the work and it will be different this time.”

Angela Glover Blackwell, BI Board Chair, offers a compelling and honest reflection concerning what’s ahead and the true labor involved at this pivotal moment in history.

https://www.policylink.org/covid19-and-race/commentary#.XuqA916TyvI.facebook

This week’s COVID-19 and Race Commentary explores why the nationwide uprising for racial justice could bring big, lasting change, how racism harms health, and why building Black-owned businesses is key to an equitable recovery. Issue 10, June 17, 2020 Beginning America’s Next Story By Angela Glo...

06/15/2020
Happy 80th Birthday, Haywood!

To Our Many Partners,

Today, on June 15, 2020, we take a moment to recognize and honor what would have been our namesake, W. Haywood Burns’ 80th birthday. Isn’t it fitting that Haywood’s birthday comes at a moment of national uprising and collective action – giving us the perfect opportunity to pause, honor and acknowledge those who chartered this course long before any one of us.

We, here at the BI want to share this video tribute in honor of Haywood’s birthday and legacy, and to celebrate with each of you, our many partners, in this incredible time of demonstration, action and the relentless pursuit of justice, fairness and equity!

Happy Birthday, Haywood!

“We are in the midst of a moment of truth and we can choose to look away from what is before us or we can use this crisi...
05/06/2020

“We are in the midst of a moment of truth and we can choose to look away from what is before us or we can use this crisis to come to terms with the legacy of our incarceration dependence and reimagine how our country administers justice moving forward.”

https://www.burnsinstitute.org/blog/pandemic-justice/

Repost from our partners at Here to Lead!  It is inhumane to keep children and young adults incarcerated amid a pandemic...
05/06/2020
Alameda County Must Rethink Its Youth Justice System After COVID-19

Repost from our partners at Here to Lead!

It is inhumane to keep children and young adults incarcerated amid a pandemic. It puts them at greater risk of contracting #COVID19. #CareNotCages

✏️ Co-Author:
Clarence Ford, BI Policy Research Associate.

Alameda County leaders should consider releasing incarcerated youth as part of their response to the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

We must first recognize that this global pandemic has placed a focus on our value of life, and when forced between a roc...
05/06/2020
Pandemic Justice | Burns Institute

We must first recognize that this global pandemic has placed a focus on our value of life, and when forced between a rock and a hard place (a cell or a deadly virus) we choose life.

Pandemic Justice Posted on May 6, 2020May 6, 2020 by Samantha Mellerson and Michael Finley Last year, before social distancing was a thing, I participated in a meeting where a justice stakeholder passionately explained to me why focusing on reducing racial and ethnic disparities was a mistake that t...

National Center for Youth Law
03/27/2020
National Center for Youth Law

National Center for Youth Law

In 2018, nearly 22,000 young people in California were placed on wardship probation. The vast majority were youth of color.

Help us and W. Haywood Burns Institute Alliance for Boys and Men of Color and Youth Justice Coalition advocate for limits on youth probation by submitting a letter of support for SB 1134 (Beall), which will limit the time young people spend under probation supervision to six months unless the court determines (after a hearing) that it is in the best interest of the young person to extend probation and require that probation conditions are individually tailored, developmentally appropriate, and reasonable. http://ow.ly/fto850yWZDO

W. Haywood Burns Institute's cover photo
03/26/2020

W. Haywood Burns Institute's cover photo

Raising up ALL voices - We must flatten the curve behind the wall, too!By: Airto Morales, BI Staff Writer & Site Manager...
03/26/2020
Raising up ALL voices – We must flatten the curve behind the wall, too! | Burns Institute

Raising up ALL voices - We must flatten the curve behind the wall, too!

By: Airto Morales, BI Staff Writer & Site Manager.

Raising up ALL voices – We must flatten the curve behind the wall, too! Posted on March 19, 2020March 25, 2020 by BI Staff Writer Let’s Stop Potential and Unintended Death Sentences As the Coronavirus or COVID-19 as it has now been designated, makes its way to the western world, it has infected ...

10/16/2019
UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy

Goldman School of Public Policy produced a wonderful piece featuring of our very own Clarence Ford, Policy Associate of the W. Haywood Burns Institute #forjusticefairness&equity

Learn about what brought Clarence Ford (MPP '18) to the Goldman School and his current policy work at the W. Haywood Burns Institute in Oakland, Ca.

05/13/2019
MacArthur Foundation

Chris James discusses the importance of community engagement, sharing power and decision making, and the need for system stakeholders to set aside their personal discomfort with talking about race/ethnicity in the pursuit of #justice

You simply cannot reduce the jail population without intentionally and explicitly focusing on eliminating racial and ethnic disparities.

https://www.facebook.com/516050077/posts/10161900440270078?s=672365223&v=i&sfns=mo

Right now on MacArthur’s page, Christopher James of the W. Haywood Burns Institute and Kristina Henson of Palm Beach County are live to talk about the importance of engaging the community in local justice reform. #RethinkJails

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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 cigarettes, 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 rape. 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, sex 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].