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Is it Enough: Implementation of PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard

Is it Enough: Implementation of PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard

For Youth Justice Action Month CFYJ released its report, “Is it Enough: Implementation of PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard” 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, lock ups, 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 of PREA, CFYJ reviewed over 800 audits of adult correctional facilities, with a focus on the first complete audit cycle, to identify how the facilities are complying with the Youthful Inmate Standard. The key findings are included in this report.

Raising the Bar: State Trends in Keeping Youth Out of Adult Courts, 2015-17

By: Jeree Thomas

Raising the Bar: State Trends in Keeping Youth Out of Adult Courts, 2015-17

Raising the Bar: State Trends in Keeping Youth Out of Adult Courts (2015-2017) is the fourth edition of our State Trends Report in which we take a look at states that have blocked pathways of children into the adult criminal justice system. 

Zero Tolerance: How States Comply with PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard

By: Carmen E. Daugherty

Zero Tolerance: How States Comply with PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard

Zero Tolerance: How States Comply with PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard. This report explores how states house youth under 18 in prisons in the new age of PREA compliance and enforcement. Furthermore, this report highlights national trends in juvenile arrests, crimes, and incarceration of children in the adult system.

FAMILY Comes First

By: Neelum Arya

Transforming the Justice System by Partnering with Families Released

FCF2FAMILY Comes First: A Workbook to Transform the Justice System by Partnering with Families, is the the first comprehensive analysis of current family engagement and family partnership practices in juvenile justice systems across the country and provides practical tools and resources for juvenile justice system practitioners invested in undertaking a family-driven approach to juvenile justice. We know that the ability of family members to meaningfully participate in their children’s lives makes a dramatic difference on youth outcomes. FAMILY Comes First provides a framework—The FAMILY Model—to guide efforts to create and sustain meaningful family-system partnerships.

Through literature review, family focus groups and system practitioner surveys, we learned that system stakeholders are working together with families to break down stereotypes and stigma, engage families in individual treatment decisions and larger policy reforms, and prepare youth for productive futures. In the past few years, the juvenile justice field has made major strides in elevating the importance of family involvement to overall system reform efforts. We have come a long way even though we have far to go. FAMILY Comes First fills that gap by providing a clear and intentional guide to transforming the justice system by taking a family-driven approach. 

Click here to download the full workbook. 

Capital City Correction

By: Alex Peerman, Carmen Daugherty, Ashley Hoornstra, and Shannon Beydler

Reforming DC’s Use of Adult Incarceration Against Youth

Capital City Correction

This report highlights the inadequate facilities, high risk of victimization, use of solitary confinement, long-term consequences of adult felony convictions, and failure to deter future crime as reasons to reform DC's approach to the prosecution of youth as adults by promoting the rehabilitation of young offenders and improving public safety.

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