Bill designed to reduce juvenile population in adult jails gets first-round approval from Mo. Senate

"The Missouri Senate has given initial approval to a bill that raises the age to be tried as an adult from 17 to 18.

An exception would be if the minor is certified as an adult for serious crimes. 

'The purpose of Senate Bill 793 is to reduce the number of youth in the adult system,' said its sponsor, Sen. Wayne Wallingford, a Republican who represents parts of southeast Missouri."

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