Governors: Protect Our Youth and Certify Compliance with PREA

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Governors: Protect Our Youth and Certify Compliance with PREA

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On any given day, nearly 10,000 youth are detained or confined in adult jails and prisons.  The research shows that youth are not safe in adult jails and prisons and are at the greatest risk of sexual victimization.  According to research by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, youth under the age of 18 represented 21% of all substantiated victims of inmate-on-inmate sexual violence in jails in 2005, and 13% in 2006 – surprisingly high since only 1% of jail inmates are juveniles. The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission found that, “more than any other group of incarcerated persons, youth incarcerated with adults are probably at the highest risk for sexual abuse.”  Research also shows that youth are 36 times more likely to commit suicide in an adult jail than in a juvenile detention facility.   

Over ten years ago, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) unanimously passed Congress and in 2012, PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard was created. 

Jails and prisons are simply not equipped to protect youth from the dangers of adult facilities.

PREA recognizes the inherent dangers of placing youth in adult facilities therefore the PREA Youthful Inmate Standard (§115.14) establishes requirements that would protect youth. 

Now, let’s work together to make sure PREA gets implemented across the country and that our youth are protected! 

By May 15th, Governors will have to certify whether their state is in compliance with PREA, or make assurances that federal dollars will be used to come into compliance.  We want resources to go towards full transparency and implementation of the Youthful Inmate Standard.

We are asking Governors to certify compliance with PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard by removing youth from adult jails and prisons, and make the Youthful Inmate Standard a priority. 

Ten years have passed and we now have a date for PREA certification. Let’s NOT back down now. Sign the petition today!

For more information, please visit: www.campaignforyouthjustice.org

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