- Created by Colorado State Statute, diversion programs are intended to prevent and reduce youth contact with the juvenile justice system
- Allows youth to avoid incarceration and exposure to those who have more serious delinquent behavior
- Intended to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors among youth served
Youth are referred to the Juvenile Services Diversion Program by the courts, law enforcement, and the school resource officers in lieu of having criminal charges filed against them for felony, misdemeanor, and petty offenses. The program is designed to provide youth with resources, support, and direction that will ultimately decrease their chances of reentering the criminal justice system. Youth are referred for offenses such as marijuana and alcohol possession, theft/shoplifting, vandalism, and assault such as a fight.