PREA – Keeping Kids Safe

The Prison Rape Elimination Act is the first United States Federal Law passed dealing with sexual abuse of incarcerated persons.  Besides adult prisons, it also covers all juvenile facilities “used for the custody or care of juvenile inmates”, which includes Arlington’s groups homes.

The Court Service Unit supports a Zero Tolerance Policy for any form of sexual abuse, sexual misconduct or sexual harassment.  We screen adults and juveniles to ensure a safe environment for all.  Any sexual activity between staff and juveniles, between volunteers or contract personnel and juveniles, regardless of consensual status, is prohibited and subject to administrative disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution.  We have specific procedures for reporting alleged sexual abuse or harassment.