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Bill Detail: SB21-066

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Title Juvenile Diversion Programs
Status Governor Signed (04/29/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Children & Domestic Matters
  • Courts & Judicial
House Sponsors D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Senate Sponsors P. Lee (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 02/16/2021
Summary

The bill makes several changes and clarifications to current
juvenile diversion programs (diversion), including:
  • Establishing another category of diversion that is pre-arrest,
and therefore allowing funding at the school and law
enforcement levels;
  • Clarifying the division of criminal justice in the department
of public safety's (division) authority over all programs
funded with diversion money;

  • Clarifying that diversion funding may be allocated to
entities other than district attorneys' offices;
  • Requiring eligibility criteria for diversion be made public;
  • Establishing that a juvenile is eligible to divert if the
juvenile meets the eligibility criteria;
  • Clarifying that an approved validated assessment tool may
be used for decisions on the length of supervision and
necessary services;
  • Clarifying that a risk screening tool is only to be used to
inform the level and intensity of supervision;
  • Establishing a clear process for data collection so the
division can properly evaluate its diversion programs;
  • Creating a clearer process and role for the division in the
allocation process; and
  • Creating a mandatory set-aside of 20% for a competitive
grant process managed by the division for
community-based diversion programs that include
restorative justice practices.

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