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About the W. Haywood Burns Institute
Our philosophy is simple — Incarceration is harmful to the positive development of our children; Data is key towards an understanding the complexities of racial inequity within the youth justice system; and Local communities can play a critical role in transformational change.
A Brief History of Youth of Color in the Justice System
Today, more than 2 million people are incarcerated and more than 7 million are on probation, parole, or other supervision in the United States. Too much of the analysis about how we arrived at this situation and what should be done about it is ahistorical.
Mapping the Youth Incarceration Problem
With 75 percent of youth locked up for non-violent offenses, our country doesn't have an alarming crime problem. We have an incarceration problem.
Improving the Well-Being of Children of Color
The child well-being framework firmly asserts the rights of all young people, regardless of their race and ethnicity, to be viewed as children who are experiencing a normal adolescent journey and to be treated with fairness and equity.
Unbalanced Juvenile Justice
News & Updates
New Fact Sheet: DJJ ReNew Fact Sheet: DJJ Realignment Must Address Racial Justice as Youth of Color Are Harmed Most by the Justice System
“A new fact sheet by the W. Haywood Burns Institute, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, and California Alliance for Youth and Community Justice examines the stark racial and ethnic disparities among youth in California’s state youth correctional system, the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). California Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2020-21 state budget proposal to close DJJ ...
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Hunter-Judges: Refining their Craft for Over 400 Years
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 how early the idea of the good guy-bad guy gets introduced into their theoretical framework. Usually little ones want to be a hero and pick ...
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