Children's Code Authorization:
According to Colorado Revised Statutes, 19-2-303, Diversion programs can be established as an alternative to the formal court system. The goal is to reduce juvenile crime, recidivism, 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, specialized tutoring, constructive recreational activities, general counseling, counseling during a crisis situation, and follow-up activities.
Juveniles who committed a misdemeanor or felony property offense, and meet the following criteria may be offered Diversion services in lieu of formal court proceedings. Diversion does not discriminate due to ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic status.
Clients meet the following criteria:
- Clients between the ages of 10 and 17 at the time of the offense.
- Clients admit their guilt, culpability and/or involvement in the offense.
- Clients have not previously participated in a state level Diversion Program.
- Clients do not have past or pending state court cases in Denver or other judicial districts.
- Client and their parent/guardian voluntarily agree to participate in the program.
- Clients agree to and do comply with the Juvenile Diversion Contract.
- The services available in Diversion are appropriate and meet the needs of the client.
Other offenses may be referred at the discretion of the District Attorney. In general, Diversion does not accept municipal offenses or cases involving weapons, drugs, sex assaults and/or assaults resulting in injuries. Burglaries and arson charges are at the discretion of the District Attorney.
In general, clients who have committed a Felony 3, 4, 5 or Felony 6 property offense and/or a Misdemeanor 1, 2 or 3 are eligible for Diversion. At the discretion of the Juvenile D.A., clients who have committed an M(1) resulting in an assault charge against their parents and/or siblings may be allowed to participate in the program. These clients and their parents/guardians must agree to participate in family counseling as well as other Diversion programs.