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Petitioning President of the United States

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

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.

Letter to
President of the United States
I am writing to you on an issue of deep concern to me: the safety and well-being of youth in the justice system.

On any given day, over 10,000 youth are detained or incarcerated in adult jails and prisons where they are at the greatest risk of sexual assault and rape of all inmates.
According to research by the U.S. Department of Justice's 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 shows that youth are 36 times more likely to commit suicide in an adult jail than in a juvenile detention facility.

Through the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), your Administration has a critical opportunity to protect children in the justice system by issuing final PREA regulations from the U.S. Department of Justice that ban the placement of youth under 18 in adult jails and prisons.

In making this recommendation, I am joined by thousands of people all over the country representing every state in the nation, including hundreds of directly affected youth, parents and families; state and local elected officials; juvenile & criminal justice professional associations; crime victims' and survivor groups; children's advocacy groups; civil and human rights groups; mental health advocates; and faith-based organizations.

I urge you to ensure that the U.S. Department of Justice issues final PREA regulations as soon as possible and to ensure that these regulations include a ban on the placement of youth under 18 in adult jails and prisons.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,