Responding to an overwhelming increase in juvenile delinquency, in 1974, District Attorney Robert R. Gallagher, Jr. convened a Juvenile Justice Task Force to study how to reduce juvenile involvement with the criminal justice system and how to make the system more responsive to individual needs.
The 18th Juvenile Diversion Program was conceived by this task force and began operation in October 1975. Since that time, the program has evolved into an established and effective approach providing community prevention and intervention. With offices in Centennial, Littleton, and Castle Rock, JDCP serves an average of 1,237 juveniles per year. Services provided include individual and family counseling, experiential therapy, community service and restitution.
In 2005, under the leadership of a new director and a new district attorney, the Juvenile Diversion Program began to expand services, pursue additional resources for funding and conduct a comprehensive program evaluation. In 2006, the program's name was changed to the Juvenile Diversion Counseling Program to clarify our role.