Diversion Programs

Juvenile Diversion

Colorado Revised Statutes, 19-2-303 (1974), authorized the establishment of Juvenile Diversion programs as an alternative to the formal court system. The goal is to reduce juvenile crime, the possibility of re-offending, change juvenile offenders’ behavior and attitudes, and reduce the cost within the juvenile justice system. Services that can be offered but are not limited to diagnostic needs assessment, restitution programs, community service, job training and placement, constructive recreational activities, general counseling, counseling during a crisis situation, and follow-up activities.

The 11th Judicial District Juvenile Diversion Program is an alternative to the traditional court process for eligible first-time juvenile offenders. The primary goal is to prevent further contact with the police and criminal justice system by providing a variety of services to meet individual, family, and community needs.   

Diversion programs focus on teaching skills and providing opportunities to practice those skills. The juvenile diversion director devises an individual plan for each juvenile that enters the program. Plans are tailored specific to the juvenile’s needs and risk areas. The length of time in Diversion varies depending upon the individual needs of the client, but a participant must complete restitution before completing diversion. 

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