Did you know that 10,000 children under the age of 18 are being held in ADULT JAILS and PRISONS, at this very moment?
Unfortunately, the image above is not a myth, nor is it a misprint. It is instead a horrible true life situation that is in desperate need of remedy and in desperate need of your help.
1% of the Population, 21% of the Victims
Bureau of Justice Statistics research indicates that youth under 18 account for 21% of verified inmate-on-inmate sexual assault in jails. Yet, youth under 18 comprise a mere 1% of the jail population. In other words, youth placed into the ADULT jail population are at extraordinary risk!
A Far Great Risk of Suicide Attempts
Just how bad is it for youth who find themselves placed into the adult jail and prison system? Children and youth placed in ADULT prisons and jails are 36 times more likely to commit suicide than those held in juvenile detention facilities.
What can you do?
October is National Youth Justice Awareness Month and families, youth, advocates and organizations will be hosting events and activities throughout the country to raise awareness and encourage action to stop the practice of placing of trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system.
On October 13th in Jacksonville, Florida, Alliance for Youth Justice Parent Michelle Stephens and the Southern Poverty Law Center are hosting a film screening and discussion of Young Kids, Hard Time, which aired on MSNBC in November 2011. Film Director Karen Grau will attend to discuss the experience of filming young kids serving multi-decade sentences and her thoughts on the practice of trying youth as adults.
To support Michelle's and the Campaign for Youth Justice's efforts to organize events throughout October to bring awareness to this critical issue, please donate now!
For donations of $25 or more, you will receive a free Youth Justice poster to be unveiled on October 1, 2012!
If you can't contribute financially, please spread the word, visit our website and get involved. You can also invite people to our Facebook page today.
Please remember young people are harmed as a result of this practice. Your help is needed.
Campaign for Youth Justice