Raising the age will improve public safety, save taxpayer dollars, treat families fairly, and get better outcomes for vulnerable young people.
Raising the age means including 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice system. Right now, Missouri is one of only five states that automatically prosecute all 17-year-olds as adults — even for the most minor offenses.
How do we do it?
Be on the lookout in the 2018 legislative session for raise the age bills. These bills will support bringing 17-year-olds into the juvenile justice system, holding kids accountable in juvenile court, while still allowing 17-year-olds accused of the most serious offenses to be prosecuted as adults. Support these bills!