Compliance Monitoring of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018


The Division of Criminal Justice monitors compliance with the Core Requirements of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act (JJRA) of 2018 (formerly the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA)). The purpose of this law is to provide a comprehensive, coordinated, and evidence-based approach to the problems of juvenile delinquency.  

The Core Requirements of the JJRA include:

  1. Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders
  2. Sight and Sound Separation of Juveniles and Adult Inmates
  3. Jail Removal

All of these provide protections to juveniles that are detained or confined in a variety of facility types.  It is incumbent upon all agencies and departments to assist the state in maintaining compliance, to assure safe and appropriate holding of juveniles, and to retain these funds for juvenile justice programming.  Failure to maintain compliance with these core requirements could result in a decrease in OJJDP Title II Formula funding to the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ). 

Laws & Regulations



  • Colorado H.B. 18-1156 - Holding Limitations for Truants
  • Colorado Children’s Code (2018) Under the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) both Titles 18 and 19 define and address issues of detaining juveniles
  • Colorado H.B. 06-1112 - Authority given to DCJ to conduct JJDPA compliance monitoring and the option to fine Sheriffs and Police Chiefs $1000 for not allowing the Division to conduct compliance monitoring. 
  • State Definitions 
  • Duties of the Division C.R.S. 24-33.5-503 (2017)

Colorado's Policy, Procedures & Guidance


Colorado’s Compliance Monitoring Policy and Procedures

  • Colorado’s Compliance Monitoring Policy and Procedures including the following:
    • Understanding and Meeting the JJRA Core Requirements
    • Implementing an Effective Compliance Monitoring System
    • Valid Court Order Process
    • Secure Juvenile Holding Log Process
    • On-site Facility Visits

Forms & Certifications


Valid Court Order Forms

Facility Classification Certifications of Compliance


Title II Formula Grant - Compliance Monitoring Annual Plans and Performance


Partners, Resources, & Facilities



  • Facility Types and Classifications
  • Youthful Offender System CRS 18-1.3-407 and CRS 18-1.3-407.5 Overview (2019) 

Colorado’s 2020-2021 CM Monitoring Universe

Colorado's 2021-22 Compliance Monitoring Universe (updated September 8, 2022) Note: Downloads an Excel file

  • Police departments
  • County sheriff's offices and jails
  • Juvenile detention and correctional facilities
  • Colorado court holding facilities
  • Colorado Youthful Offender System (YOS)
  • Colorado adult prisons
  • Juvenile Assessment Centers (JAC)

For more information, contact Colorado's JJDPA/JJRA Compliance Monitor

Kelly Abbott

Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ)
Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance (OAJJA) 
Work Cell: 720.537.8044 
E-mail: kelly.abbott@state.co.us