Tell U.S. Attorney General Holder to Protect Children from Rape in Adult Jails and Prisons

Tell U.S. Attorney General Holder to Protect Children from Rape in Adult Jails and Prisons

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About the Petition

Annually, over 100,000 youth are detained or confined in adult jails and prisons. The research shows that youth are at the greatest risk of sexual victimization and suicide. To end sexual violence behind bars, Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). The PREA's Youthful Inmate Standard bans the housing of youth in the general adult population, prohibits contact between youth and adults in common areas in adult jails and prisons, and at the same time, limits the use of isolation in complying with the standard.
 
It is crucial that Attorney General Eric Holder ensure that children are fully protected from the dangers of adult jails and prisons under PREA's Youthful Inmate Standard. Rather than try to segregate children from adults in adult jails and prisons, which often leads to solitary confinement, the Attorney General should urge states and localities to implement best practices by removing youth from adult jails and prisons and instead place them in juvenile facilities.
 

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The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ)  is dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under 18 in the adult criminal justice system.

Updates & News

  • May 12 2015

    We Did It!

    Thanks to all of our supporters for helping us reach our goal! Lets continue to urge the U.S. Attorney General to protect our children from rape! Please share this action with family and friends!