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About DYC

Colorado Revised Statutes, Section 19-2-203 formally creates the Division of Youth Corrections (DYC) and places it within the organizational structure of the Colorado Department of Human Services. Statute further defines the dual function of the Division. Section 19-2-402, C.R.S., designates DYC as the entity responsible for operating juvenile detention. The Division of Youth Corrections is also the agency statutorily (Section 19-2-403, C.R.S.) mandated to provide for the care and supervision of youth committed by the District Court to the custody of the Colorado Department of Human Services. The Division operates ten secure facilities that serve youth between the ages of 10-21 who are pre-adjudicated or committed. Colorado Statute allows for the detention of youth between the ages of 10-18, while the State’s jurisdiction over committed youth ends at age 21. In addition to residential programming, Section 19-2-209, C.R.S. charges the Division with the administration of juvenile parole services throughout the State. The enactment of Senate Bill 91-94 resulted in the creation of a State funded, locally administered program to provide pre-adjudication services to youth at risk of admission to a detention facility. The Division is responsible for the management and oversight of Senate Bill 91-94 funding. Thus, the Division of Youth Corrections provides a continuum of residential and non-residential services and mandated functions that encompasses juvenile detention, commitment and parole.