The location of Juvenile Diversion is 105 E. Vermijo, Colorado Springs, Colorado 4th floor Room 450

The mission of the juvenile prosecution division is to protect the public from future victimization by repeat juvenile offenders. At the same time, the course of prosecution must provide opportunities for rehabilitation for the youthful offender who is receptive to reform.

Juvenile complaint and referral

A law enforcement officer serves a Juvenile Complaint and Referral (JCR) on a juvenile (age 10 to under 18) if the officer has probable cause to believe the juvenile was involved in a criminal episode, either because he/she was apprehended in the act or as the result of an investigation.

During the process of an investigation, a law enforcement officer may wish to interview a juvenile. If the juvenile is a suspect in the alleged crime, and is in police custody, the officer must have a parent/guardian present and read the basic Miranda rights (right to remain silent, to have an attorney present, etc.) to the juvenile and the parent/guardian.

The juvenile and the parent/guardian are asked to sign the JCR. This acknowledgment does not constitute an admission of guilt. This is a promise to appear in the Juvenile Court if summoned to do so. Refusal to sign the JCR does not prevent the later filing of charges. Juneviles charged with committing a felony, class one misdemeanor, or any act of domestic violence are required to be fingerprinted by law enforcement.

Detention

The law enforcement officer may return the juvenile to the custody of the parent/guardian; however, the officer will transport the juvenile to Spring Creek Detention Center if:

  • The parent/guardian cannot be located
  • The alleged crime was violent in nature
  • The juvenile has an extensive juvenile criminal record
  • The parent/guardian refuses to have the juvenile returned to their home
  • The juvenile used or possessed a deadly weapon

Once admitted to Spring Creek Detention Center, the juvenile has a right to a detention hearing within 48 hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and Court holidays).

The purpose of a detention hearing is to determine if the juvenile should continue to be detained. The Court can make one of the following orders:

  • The juvenile remains in detention if there is a finding that he/she is a danger to his/herself or the community. In all cases, criminal charges are to be filed within 72 hours by the District Attorney.
  • The juvenile may be placed on "tracking", a detention alternative - house arrest with the juvenile allowed to leave home only to attend school or employment.
  • The juvenile may be placed out of the home by order of the Court through the Department of Human Services.
  • The juvenile may be released to the parent/guardian on bond - usually with strict rules concerning curfews, attendance at school, maintenance of a certain GPA, and following the rules at home provided by the parent/guardian.

Juvenile Offender Services

The Juvenile Offender Services program was created in 2006 in response to our community’s desire to deal with juvenile offenders effectively and creatively. The Juvenile Offender Services program is designed to hold juvenile offenders accountable for their behavior, recognize and repair the harm they have done to their victims and community, as well as learn new skills and behavior that will enable them to become responsible young adults.

The Juvenile Offender Services (JOS) program deals with first-time offenders who are able to demonstrate a potential and a desire to start making positive choices and changes in their lives. During the intake process, JOS Officers screen potential candidates for drug/alcohol use, victim empathy, family life involvement, as well as a desire to make healthy, positive choices. Parental support and cooperation are required and considered critical to youth and program success.

As part of the JOS program youth are required to give a written statement accepting responsibility for their behavior. Youth also sign an agreement to meet a variety of conditions over the course of one-year. These requirements may include, but are not limited to, paying restitution to their victims, participating in victim/offender dialogs, learning employment skills and performing volunteer work. The JOS Officers also facilitate the Excel program which is a ten-week educational program that covers such topics as drug/alcohol abuse, social skills and victim impact. The Excel class also takes youth to Camp Alexander for one day to learn team-work and leadership skills. JOS Officers also facilitate a seven-week Victim Impact class to help selected youth learn how their behavior impacts others.

The District Attorney recognizes the necessity of a dual approach to dealing with juvenile offenders. Holding juveniles accountable for their behavior sends a clear message concerning what our community will tolerate and what it will not tolerate. Giving juveniles the opportunity to make amends and learn new behaviors and skills also sends the message that our community cares about the future of our youth.

For additional information you may call (719) 520-6074.



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