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Adult Diversion

Pre-trial Adult Diversion Programs, authorized by Sec. 18-1.3-101, C.R.S., provide a path out of the traditional criminal court processes of plea, trial, conviction and sentencing. Diversion holds people accountable for their actions and for repairing harm to victims of crime. Diversion seeks to reduce future criminal behavior and increase public safety.

Diversion participants sign an agreement that lists what they must do or must not do for dismissal of the charges against them. Diversion may require participation in drug or alcohol treatment, recovery support, mental health, anger management or domestic violence offender treatment or resotrative justice practices, for example. These interventions often target needs or problems that led to involvement in the criminal legal system. For those who comply with their diversion agreements, charges are dismissed. Otherwise, prosecutors may pursue the charges against them.

In 2022, the State Court Administrator's Office contributes funding to 12 adult diversion programs. Other District Attorney (DA) offices operate diversion programs with alternative funding. A list of all diversion programs statewide is found on the link to the right titled "Statewide Diversion Program Information." Each DA office determines eligibility for diversion, often considering the type and seriousness of charges, criminal history, prior failures to appear in court, prior participation in diversion, probation or parole status, risk and need assessment results, victim input and other factors. 

For general questions about adult diversion in Colorado, contact the Statewide Adult Diversion Coordinator, Katie Hodson at or information for Sec. 18-1.3-101, C.R.S. diversion programs appears below: 

Judicial District Counties Contact
2nd Denver

Benita Martin

5th Eagle, Summit, Clear Creek and Lake

 Jennifer Thornton 

7th Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel

Brad Lewis

Leigh Anne Watts 

8th  Larimer, Jackson

Mary Epping

9th Garfield, Pitkin, Rio Blanco

BethAnn Mallory


Chaffee, Park, Fremont, Custer


Barbara L. Topliss
12th Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache

Megan Martinez

14th Grand, Moffat and Routt

Kelly Friesen

15th Baca, Cheyenne, Kiowa and Prowers

Tammy Williams 

16th Bent, Crowley and Otero

Kassie Martin

20th Boulder

Erin Siffing

21st Mesa

Shelby Warner

22nd Dolores and Montezuma

Jay Wood

For general questions about adult diversion in Colorado, contact the Statewide Adult Diversion Coordinator at


Legislative Reports
Frequent Questions
Funding Committee
Grant Info

Special Announcements

Statewide Diversion Program Information


Need Help? If you or someone you know is having a mental health crisis, contact Colorado Crisis Services by texting “TALK” to 38255 or call 1-844-493-8255.

Business Resources

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SB22-196, including American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 FY23/FY24 Adult Diversion Funding 

Map of Diversion Programs, NDAA

Office of the Colorado Public Defender


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