Second Judicial District Senate Bill 94

The Colorado Youth Detention Continuum (CYDC), also known as Senate Bill 94, provides structure and funding to local jurisdictions for a continuum of services designed to ensure that youth are supervised and/or incarcerated at a level that is commensurate with their risk to the community. Local judicial districts are responsible for the screening of all youth referred to secure detention and for an assessment of risk. CYDC programs provide an array of services based upon each judicial district’s unique juvenile services plan. 

Program Overview

The Colorado Youth Detention Continuum (CYDC), also known as Senate Bill 94, is implemented locally within each of the state’s 22 judicial districts. The Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Youth Services (DYS) has oversight of CYDC. The Colorado General Assembly appropriates funds for CYDC programming to the DYS. The Statewide Advisory Board is responsible for developing an allocation formula and allocating the funds.

DYS's CYDC office consists of a CYDC Coordinator and program assistant. The Statewide Advisory Board or “working group” is comprised of juvenile justice professionals from across the state who represent all juvenile justice disciplines. The Advisory Board advises DYC on policy issues related to CYDC.

Each local CYDC program has a Juvenile Services Planning Committee (JSPC) and a local coordinator to oversee implementation of local CYDC services. Descriptions of the program structure and roles of CYDC staff, along with the enabling statutes, can be found in the CYDC Reference Manual.

Guiding Principles


The mission of the Second Judicial District Youth Detention Continuum Bill (Senate Bill 94)  is to provide funding and support for services to prevent juvenile incarceration and commitment.  Accountability and responsibility are promoted through means of evidence-based intervention, supervision, and treatment. Through such services, families are strengthened and community safety is enhanced.


To promote public safety by making a positive difference in the lives of youth, families, and the community.

The Second Judicial District Youth Continuum Bill (Senate Bill 94) envisions a motivated team that will:

  • Provide effective services through use of evidence based practices
  • Explore alternative solutions to existing and future challenges
  • Promote our agency through education and public outreach
  • Improve services to our court system and the community

Core Values

Pretrial Services is committed to:

  • Achieving excellence through professionalism, teamwork, and accountability
  • Promoting fairness and impartiality with respect for the rights of all
  • Providing leadership through responsiveness to the needs of the court and community
  • Reducing juvenile delinquency by providing the right programs at the right time


  • Providing accurate information to the court
  • Training and certification
  • Daily quality assurance conducted by supervisor
  • Accountability, transparency and credibility
  • Movement toward evidence based practices through quantitative and qualitative research
  • Use of performance based measures
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Effective use of resources
  • Maintaining accurate data 

With the assistance of the Juvenile Services Planning Committee, the procedures of the Second Judicial District Youth Detention Continuum (Senate Bill 94)  will continue to be developed, including: 

  • Target population
  • Interviews
  • Timing of interviews
  • Verification and record checks procedures
  • Risk assessment and recommendation procedures
  • Submission of reports to the court
  • Intake and assessment procedures
  • Supervision strategies and procedures
  • Responding to violations of pretrial release conditions
  • Release of information procedures