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Juvenile Intervention & Diversion Programs

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Denver Public Safety Youth Programs help reduce crime and violence in the community by engaging at-risk youth in alternative programs that reduce repeat offenses.

We accept referrals to the program from the community, law enforcement, courts, and schools.


The Municipal Juvenile Diversion Program targets youth in violation of city laws such as trespassing, curfew violations, and shoplifting.  The goal of the diversion program is to identify any underlying issues that may serve as barriers for youth being productive and successful members of the community. 

Diversion serves an alternative to the traditional court process, and successful completion of the program results in case dismissal without a guilty plea.  Diversion is a short-term intervention strategy that provides an opportunity to identify youth at highest risk for continued delinquent behavior at the lowest level in Denver’s juvenile justice system. 


  • Reduce recidivism rates for participants
  • Incorporate positive youth development principles into the framework of diversion
  • Partner with and support community-based agencies to provide effective services for youth and families 

The overall 2011 recidivism rate for Municipal Court Diversion Program was 11% for the entire 12-months.  By comparison, those youth not completing Diversion had a recidivism rate of 22%.  

The PACE Program (Promoting Academics & Character Education) is a collaboration between Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver, Denver Public Schools and Denver Public Safety Youth Programs. PACE operates two different classrooms throughout the city. These sites are located in the Baker neighborhood (West) and the Montbello neighborhood (East). The Boys and Girls Club operates and manages both sites.

Youth are referred to PACE by DPS middle schools and K-8 schools due to a variety of behaviors including fighting, carrying a weapon, drug involvement, truancy, threats or intimidation, and habitual classroom disruption. The purpose of PACE is to provide a targeted, supportive intervention in order to promote academic success, life skills development, and a reduction in violent or negative behaviors among youth who exhibit significant behavioral problems.

Click here to view the 2012-2013 PACE Report.

The SafeNite Curfew Program begins April 1st and runs through September 30th. Curfew hours apply to young people between the ages of 10 and 17 and are:

  • Sunday through Thursday: 11:00 pm to 5:00 am
  • Friday and Saturday: Midnight to 5:00 am

The goal of this program is to:

  • reduce the number of youth appearing in truancy court
  • improve school attendance
  • identify at risk youth

Eligible youth do NOT have:

  • prior court involvement
  • an open case with Human Services

A parent/guardian and youth meet with a Diversion Officer to complete an assessment and a strength-based diversion plan.

Requirements may include:

  • school attendance and progress reports
  • community service
  • counseling or research projects

With successful completion of the program, participants:

  • will not have to return to court
  • will have their truancy case closed


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Contact Us

Juvenile Intervention & Diversion
Denver Public Safety Youth Programs

303 West Colfax Avenue, Suite 1000
Denver, Colorado 80204

Phone: (720) 913-4620

Charlotte Stephens, Director