Diversion and Deferral
This section presents data on cases granted diversion or deferred judgment. Diversion and deferred judgments are alternatives to traditional prosecution that attempt to address individuals’ needs. If programmatic requirements are met, the case will be dismissed.
Why is this important? Understanding what cases are diverted or deferred and the rate of successful program completion provides information on whether the alternative minimizes unnecessary punitiveness and maintains community safety.
Below are a set of indicators that provide additional context about diversion and deferrals. These indicators help the DA's Office ensure they are providing alternatives to traditional prosecution effectively and fairly.
It is important to note that under past administrations defendants that did not have the ability to legally work in the United States and/or Colorado were not eligible for a Deferred Judgment. This policy no longer exists. In late 2022, a subcommittee was tasked to revise our guidelines regarding the use of DJS with the aim of increasing the equitable use of DJS as an alternative resolution.