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Allen Burnett

Parole Justice Works & Human Rights Watch

Allen is an example of the transformative power of a community focused on self-improvement and Higher Education. After twenty-eight years of incarceration Allen’s Life Without the Possibility of Parole sentence was commuted by California Governor Gavin Newsom in 2019. 


Allen is now pursuing a master’s degree in Communication Studies at Cal State Los Angeles. He is a member of the Human Rights Watch Leadership Council, a member of Project Rebound at Cal State Los Angeles, and program consultant with Parole Justice Works. 

Allen believes that people have the capacity to co-construct a positive pro-social reality through mindful communication, kindness, compassion, empathy, and grace.