San Francisco Racial & Ethnic Disparities Analysis: Report to the SF Justice Reinvestment Initiative

Our report, produced for the San Francisco Reentry Council, revealed wide racial and ethnic disparities in arrest, booking and conviction rates. It also found that Black adults in San Francisco were 11 times as likely to be booked into county jail and over 10 times as likely to be convicted of a crime.


What Happens When the Bargain of Civil Society is Breached?

“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.” – James Bell


CJNY: Stopping the Rail to Jail

The Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY) is a program of the W. Haywood Burns Institute (BI). This publication outlines the foundation and beliefs that ground CJNY’s work. As a support network, the CJNY enhances the capacity of community organizations who collectively share one vision: To promote the availability of effective and culturally-appropriate programming for youth of color and poor communities. The CJNY helps to develop real solutions to replace the “cradle to prison pipeline” created by zero-tolerance policies in schools, a lack of opportunities in poor communities and the failure of public systems.


Balancing the Scales of Justice

The W. Haywood Burns Institute and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) have released a report that explores how racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in access to education, employment, and housing impact the contact people will have with the criminal justice system.


Volume II: The Keeper and The Kept

In The Keeper and the Kept, James Bell, Laura John Ridolfi, Michael Finley and Clinton Lacey challenge our nation’s overreliance on detention and offer an introduction to the BI method.


Volume I: Adoration of the Question

In this first publication of our series, we reflect on the failure to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system in the 20 years since Congress first mandated that States “address” disproportionality.