Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

What is the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)?

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 is a federal law established to address the elimination and prevention of sexual assault, sexual misconduct and harassment for those who are incarcerated. Snohomish County Superior Court believes that sexual assault affects security and staff safety and poses long-term risks to youth and staff.

Snohomish County Superior Court is committed to the safety and security of all youth in secure detention. The Court has a zero tolerance policy toward sexual assault, sexual abuse or misconduct and/or sexual harassment of detained youth by either other youth or staff. Allegations will be thoroughly investigated and sanctions up to and including prosecution may be imposed, when warranted. Perpetrators will be held accountable and every victim will be offered services.

Retaliatory actions against employees or youth who report incidents of sexual abuse or harassment will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution.


If you or someone you know is or was a victim of sexual assault, sexual abuse or misconduct and/or sexual harassment while being detained at the Denney Juvenile Justice Center, report it as soon as possible and please include as much of the following information as possible:

  • What happened
  • Name of the victim
  • Name of the suspect (if known)
  • Location in the facility where abuse occurred (if known)
  • Time and date of the abuse or harassment

Reports can be submitted via phone (425-388-7804), in person, or via mail 2801 10th St, Everett, WA 98201.

Please be advised that you can report at any time; however, it is imperative to report as soon as possible if an individual’s safety and security at issue. If requested, your anonymity will be protected.