In 2011, youth development organizations across the country urged Attorney General Holder to provide concrete guidance for states on implementing the Youthful Inmate Standard of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). This still hasn’t happened, even though PREA is 10 years old. Please take a moment to join the Campaign for Youth Justice‘s new call to action by adding your organization’s name to the below letter to Attorney General Holder. Click here to sign on by 5pm on August 23, 2013.
The purpose of PREA is to protect incarcerated individuals from unfair, unjust, and unconscionable treatment. The DOJ’s national standards on youth in adult facilities should align with that purpose, because it is clear that incarcerating youth with adults has potentially devastating consequences for too many youth:
- Even though only 1% of all jail inmates were youth under 18 in 2005 and 2006, they accounted for 21% and 13% of the victims of inmate-on-inmate sexual violence in jails respectively.
- Two-thirds of youth ages 16 and 17 in adult jails and prisons who reported victimization were victimized more than once by other inmates and three-quarters were victimized by staff more than once.
- To “protect” the youth in adult facilities, some jails and prisons keep youth in solitary isolation for upwards of 23 hours a day.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mackenzie Tudor at firstname.lastname@example.org.