Juvenile Justice Week protects youth

WASHINGTON (UMNS)—United Methodists are urged to join a week of action and prayer May 16-19 for the nearly 10,000 youth incarcerated in adult jails or prisons. “Once incarcerated in adult jails and prisons, youth are the population at highest risk of being victims of sexual assault. They are 36 times more likely to commit suicide,” said Bill Mefford, director of civil and human rights, United Methodist Board of Church and Society. A packet of information is available at Juvenile Justice Week. The material includes a “Blessing of Children” and information on a faith call-in day and a letter-writing campaign aimed at encouraging elected leaders to pass reforms.



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