On any given day, over 10,000 youth are detained or confined in adult jails and prisons—putting them at risk of sexual assault.
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.
Through the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), the Obama administration has a critical opportunity to protect children in the justice system by banning the placement of youth under 18 in adult jails and prisons.
Take action now to tell President Obama to end the rape and sexual assault of youth in the justice system by ensuring that PREA keeps youth out of adult prisons and jails.