Denver’s District Attorney Is Trying Something New—Divert Young Adults from the Path to Jail

Denverite

By Allan Tellis

In mid-May, Denver District Attorney Beth McCann launched a pilot program that could change the way the city handles some young adults charged with crimes. The city’s first ever pre-file diversion program is designed to help young people escape the consequences that accompany a criminal record, like the difficulty securing financial opportunities, finding housing, gaining employment and sometimes even the right to vote.

McCann’s office said at launch that the ideal candidate is someone who has been charged with a crime, but who the district attorney’s office has determined is unlikely be a habitual re-offender if they are successfully diverted away from the criminal justice system initially. The pilot program is targeted at young adults from 18 to 26 years old.

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