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W. Haywood Burns Institute

Added Feb 5, 2009

180 Howard St. Suite 320
San Francisco, CA 94105

Phone (415) 321-4100

The W. Haywood Burns Institute is a non-profit organization devoted to addressing the needs of poor youth and young people of color, their families, and communities by targeting over-representation in the juvenile justice system. The Burns Institute fulfills its mission by employing two core strategies:

  1. Using a data-driven, consensus-based approach that involves working with traditional and non-traditional stake-holders to change policies, procedures, and practices that impact youth of color and poor children.
  2. Building the capacity of local organizations to hold the juvenile justice system accountable to communities of color and to improve and strengthen their programs and organizations.

The Burns Institute works intensively with local jurisdictions all over the country to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile justice systems by improving decision-making, court processes, and alternatives to incarceration.

Reform areas: Racial-ethnic fairness/DMC

Created Feb 05, 2009


Supported by

Models for Change was a juvenile justice systems reform initiative supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, website operated by Justice Policy Institute.