18 in 2018: Raising the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction in Missouri
DATE: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
LOCATION: Plaster Student Union Theater | 1110 E. Madison St. Springfield, MO
SPRINGFIELD – Missouri is one of only five states in the country that automatically treats all 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system, which has not passed a law to raise the age to 18 in the near future. In 2015, 93% of 17-year-olds were arrested in Missouri for nonviolent or misdemeanor offenses. While prosecutors treat their peers in other states as juveniles for these offenses, teens in Missouri receive adult convictions, adult records, and time in adult jails. The Missouri State University Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Campaign for Youth Justice are co-hosting an event at Missouri State University to raise awareness about Missouri’s lower age of criminal responsibility and its economic, public safety, and human impact on youth, their communities, and the state as a whole. This event will feature a poetry reading, panel discussion, and audience question and answer period to discuss legislative efforts to raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to 18 in 2018.
Mae Quinn, Esq. Director of the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center, St. LouisDr. David Mitchell, Professor, Economics and Director of Bureau of Economic Research at Missouri State University
Brant Cunningham, Father of a 17-year-old incarcerated as an adult
Representative Nick Schroer
For more information about the Missouri State Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice visit: https://criminology.missouristate.edu/