Washington State PREA Jail Toolkit

The PREA Toolkit Information is solely a production of The Moss Group, Inc. and is presented and maintained on WASPC’s website for reference only, and does not purport to provide legal guidance related to PREA.  The views, opinions, and interpretations expressed within the PREA Toolkit are solely the views, opinions, and interpretations of its authors and/or contributors, and do not necessarily represent the views of WASPC, its Board, staff, or members. 

The information contained within this resource should not be considered legal advice. Please contact your agency legal advisor regarding any legal interpretations needed.

Disclaimer:  Neither the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, nor any officer, employee, member or agent of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs warrants or guarantees the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information posted on or distributed by or made accessible on this website and shall not be liable for any losses caused by or damages related to such reliance on the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of such information. The information is subject to change without notice. WASPC makes no claim as to the veracity or accuracy of any of the content, interpretations, views, or opinions expressed within the Toolkit, and specifically disclaims any such warranties, either expressed or implied. 

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is federal legislation, signed into law September 3, 2003, to protect justice-involved individuals from prison rape and to prevent, reduce, and eliminate the incidence of sexual assault and misconduct within confinement settings.  The legislation supports inmates’ rights to serve their periods of confinement with dignity, free from sexual misconduct and retaliation.  All correctional agencies have an obligation to protect inmates from such abuse.  Being sexually assaulted in jail or prison should never be a part of an inmate’s incarceration.

Washington State Contributors to the WA State PREA Toolkit
The following jails have provided materials for the toolkit:  King County Jail, Kitsap County Jail, South Correctional Entity (SCORE) Jail, Snohomish County Jail, and Yakima County Jail.  The materials are provided as examples of how these Washington jail facilities have worked toward PREA compliance.  The author(s) wish to thank these jails for their contributions, without which Washington State specific examples could not have been provided in the toolkit.  Any questions about a specific agency’s document should be directed to the contributing agency.   

Department of Corrections Resources
The following DOC staff may also be used as a resource to answer questions regarding PREA implementation and compliance:

Beth Schubach, PREA Coordinator

Thomas Lane, Jail Contracts Manager

The WA State PREA Jail Toolkit can be accessed using this link

The toolkit files are arranged as outlined in the Table of Contents.  Note: In each section of the toolkit, you may find a file that is entitled “NOTE” in all capital letters. Please read this file first. It contains important information about the content of the examples, specifics regarding Washington laws, and other cautions of which to be aware.

For additional information please contact: 
John McGrath, Jail Services Liaison
WA Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs
[email protected] or (509) 209-1145

This toolkit was produced in a partnership between The Moss Group, Inc. (TMG) and the Washington State Department of Corrections under Contract No. K10489. Funding was awarded through a Bureau of Justice Assistance PREA Demonstration Grant. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. The toolkit was completed In December 2015.