Today: Take Action to Protect Youth in Detention

Sexual abuse plagues juvenile detention centers around the country. A report released in January 2010 by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that almost one in eight youth in juvenile detention had been victimized in the preceding year -- the vast majority of them by corrections staff. Today you can help improve conditions for young detainees by urging Congress to take action on an important bill, the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.

This law, originally passed in 1974, promotes the use of effective community-based alternatives to detention, keeps youth out of adult facilities, reduces the disproportionate detention of youth of color, and promotes other best practices in the juvenile justice system. Unfortunately, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act is now three years overdue for re-authorization.

Today, July 7, is a national call-in day in support of this important legislation. Please join JDI and advocates around the country in contacting your Senators and Representative, urging them to support re-authorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.

To contact your Congressional Representative and Senators, visit and enter your zip code. Relevant phone numbers will appear along with talking points and a feedback form to report on the response you received.

Thank you for your commitment to ensuring the right of all youth and adults to be free from sexual abuse, regardless of custody status.

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