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Urge the Obama Administration to End Rape of Youth in Adult Prisons

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.


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,