The Youth Justice Research Collaborative is comprised of young people, attorneys, members of the CUNY Graduate Center, parents, activists, and service providers. Using critical participatory action research (CPAR), the research collective is in the middle of a two-year research project that examines the implementation and impact of Raise the Age (RTA) legislation in New York.

The primary goals of the project are:

  1. Ensure that the RTA legislation has the intended effect and minimize unintended consequences, such as a potential “detention bump”, and hold city and state agencies accountable for implementing the law as intended.
  2. Expose problems with the legislation as it is currently written, which cannot usually happen until it is seen in practice.  This data can then form the basis of further legislative reform. 
  3. Contribute documentation of successes and lessons learned to the national conversation about raising the age of criminal responsibility.