PREA was established in 2003 to address the problem of sexual abuse and sexual harassment of persons in the custody of U. S. correctional agencies. Major provisions of PREA include the development of standards for detention, prevention, reduction and punishment of prison rape. The ACT applies to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders and is also relevant to community-based agencies.
Snohomish County Superior Court has adopted a zero tolerance policy on issues pertaining to sexual abuse and sexual harassment involving detainees in the Denney Juvenile Justice Center. We are working continuously to implement new policies, training requirements for staff and detainees, and developing standards for detection, prevention, reduction and punishment of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in our facility.