Is It Enough? The Implementation of PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard

Campaign for Youth JusticeThis report from the Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) was released as part of Youth Justice Action Month (YJAM) in recognition of the 15th anniversary of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). PREA is a federal law enacted to address the problem of sexual assault and rape in U.S. detention centers, jails, lockups, and prisons. Regulations for the law specifically address one of the most vulnerable populations in adult jails and prisons: youth under age 18. In light of the 15th anniversary, CFYJ reviewed more than 800 audits of adult correctional facilities, with a focus on the first complete audit cycle, to identify how the facilities are complying with the act’s Youthful Inmate Standard.