Tell the President to End Rape of Youth in Adult Jails and Prisons
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Tell the President to End Rape of Youth in Adult Jails and Prisons

    1. Petition by

      Campaign for Youth Justice

On any given day, over 10,000 youth are detained or confined in adult jails and prisons where they are at the greatest risk of sexual assault of all inmates. 

According to research by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 21% and 13% of all substantiated victims of inmate-on-inmate sexual violence in jails in 2005 and 2006 respectively were youth under the age of 18.   Research also shows that youth are 36 times more likely to commit suicide in an adult jail than in a juvenile detention facility. 

The U.S. Department  of Justice (DOJ) has proposed regulations on the implementation of PREA and through the regulatory process, the Obama Administration through the U.S. Attorney General has an opportunity to end the sexual assault and rape of youth in adult jails and prisons by issuing a ban on placing youth in adult jails and prisons. 

Take action now to tell the President to end the rape and sexual assault of youth by issuing a ban on placing youth in adult jails and prisons in the final Prison Rape Elimination Act regulations.

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    • Nicola Ruddle TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      As part of my Criminology studies at University I began writing to an inmate in Arizona. He was sentenced to life imprisonment at the age of 16. He is now 25 and I believe deserves a second chance, to assist other troubled teens and help create a better world

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    • kaltrice frank NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • over 2 years ago

      for every other purpose 17 years olds are treated as such they have curfews in the state of louisiana everything they would involve themselves in would require parental consent they don't even have the right to vote that says something for their level of understanding and to get caught up in a system they know nothing about and without a parent advocate they will die in this system even the career criminal gets a second chance but not these kids who don't yet have the wisdom to know what consequences follow their actions face it we don't do the same things we did as teenagers as an adults and that is where you see the difference in accountibility between children and adults

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    • eulalia vargas ORLANDO, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      If we dont give them a second chance today who are our men of the future? When youre young you dont really think about consequences, so are they really kids if they are being charged as adults? Instead of being put behind bars, they need a guide to show them whats the right path. The government needs to start thinking about these kids future. We need your help, you should really pay attention to this. Dont wait till a really bad tragedy happens to make a change.

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    • rene barrett HOLLYWOOD, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Stop giving up on our youth.

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    • Teresa Watts ALBERTVILLE, AL
      • over 2 years ago

      because I am a mother of a just turned 17 year old son that they are trying to give him a life without parole sentence for a crime I know he did not commit.. PLEASE PLEASE

      don't send my baby where he will be hurt and raped..

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