Diversion Programs

Achieving justice without sending people to prison

A second chance

Since 1976, district attorneys in Colorado have sponsored programs that provide people who have committed crimes with opportunities to avoid prison and gain access to substance abuse, mental and/or behavioral health treatment while providing anyone who was victimized with justice and restitution.

Adult Diversion

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Specific adult offenders with issues related to their crime are diverted away from prison in exchange for their successful completion of a rehabilitation program and fulfillment of conditions set by the court.

Juvenile Diversion

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Emphasizing intervention and treatment, many low-risk juveniles who commit nonviolent crimes are placed in diversion programs that seek to identify and provide resources for the specific needs of each individual.

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD)

Judicial Districts: 2, 10, 12, 20

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) allows arresting officers to refer an individual to a diversion program and support resources before they are booked and charged with a crime.

Restorative Justice

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Restorative justice programs and practices are utilized to achieve justice while enhancing public safety and providing an opportunity for victims and the community to heal from the harm that was caused.

Sexting Diversion

Judicial Districts: 1, 8, 12, 17, 19, 21

Low-risk juveniles who have used technology to engage in sexually explicit interactions are enrolled in a gender-specific class that addresses concepts such as boundaries, healthy relationships, body image, self-respect, peer pressure, risky behavior, consent and victim impact.

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