Want to know how Raise the Age is impacting young people in NYC? Read our report on the first year of implementation…

This brief report outlines our preliminary findings of Raise the Age’s first full year. It focuses principally on summarizing public data, but provides crucial and unique detail based on 473 court observations collected from June 1 to September 30, 2019 in New York City. Court watchers spent many hours a day, multiple times a week, across many months taking detailed and standardized notes of the proceedings (see “From the Court Watchers” to learn more). We begin by reviewing the youth arrest data, move to a look at youth detention, and conclude by comparing the newly created Youth Part of Adult Court with Family Court. In each of the sections we outline numbers that show signs of a successful implementation as well as areas of concern.

We asked service providers from 31 organizations in New York City about how COVID-19 is impacting them and their young clients…

COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on communities of color and people who are incarcerated, including youth involved in the justice system, in detention and placement in NYC. Service providers who have been on the front lines of the pandemic response working with justice-system-involved youth have a keen insight on the impact of this crisis and offer urgent guidance as we begin this new year. This research brief outlines central issues and recommendations that service providers identified in a recent survey we conducted 31 service organizations that work with young people who are impacted by the legal system. Read their recommendations below and check out the full brief here.

Want to learn more about participatory action research and our methods for court watch, focus groups, and surveys? Check out our research methods page!

We surveyed 40 public defenders over the Summer of 2020 to find out what they think the city and state need to do to protect and support young people during COVID-19…

The COVID-19 crisis has increased the risks facing youth who are arrested and detained and made navigating the juvenile and adult criminal justice system much harder for young people and their families. Our public defender survey included a question about the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the City’s youth justice system, and defenders representing adolescents and young adults have raised significant concerns. And we have a bunch of recommendations! Here are some. Read more about what Public Defenders said and our recommendations in our Data Brief on the impacts of COVID-19 on youth justice to learn more.

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