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Adult Diversion

Adult diversion is a voluntary alternative to criminal adjudication that allows a person accused of a crime to fulfill a set of conditions or complete a formal program designed to address, treat, or remedy issues related to or raised by the allegation.  Upon successful completion of the conditions or program, the charges against the defendant are dismissed or not filed.   

Diversion is intended to operate simply and flexibly.  District Attorneys can agree to divert a defendant at any point before plea or trial, including before charges are filed.  They can preserve their ability to reinitiate prosecution by requiring a signed “statement of facts” upon which the allegation is based.  

The terms of a diversion agreement can restore victims and require defendants to address the antecedents to their criminal behavior, thereby reducing the likelihood of future criminal behavior. Compliance with the agreement can be monitored and enforced by any approved entity, including, but not limited to, diversion programs run by District Attorneys’ offices, law enforcement agencies, and pretrial service organizations. Alternatively, a diversion agreement may be filed with a court, thus allowing the defendant to be ordered to the supervision of the probation department. If the agreement is successfully completed, the defendant is returned to the same legal status as if the offense had never occurred.

The Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice supported the passage of HB 13-1156, which replaced deferred prosecution with adult diversion. (C.R.S. 18-1.3-101)

As of 2019, there are 10 diversion programs funded by the Committee in the 2nd, 6th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd judicial districts in the State of Colorado.

Contact info: Kara Martin, Adult Diversion Grant Coordinator at


Application Process
Funding Committee
Legislative Reports
Program Resources

Special Announcements

The  FY21 adult diversion grant application period is OPEN, for funding July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

Deadline: March 20, 2020.

Click "Application Process," above, to find the application and supporting information.

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