Raise The Age

Study Details Benefits to Missouri of “Raise the Age”

"Over the past two years, four states have “Raised the Age” of criminal court jurisdiction to 18 – Louisiana and South Carolina in 2016, and New York and North Carolina earlier this year. While these recently passed laws have yet to go into effect, there are only five states that still charge all 17 year olds as adults no matter how minor the offense. Missouri, which has had a reputation for being a leader in juvenile justice because of its “Missouri model” of youth detention facilities, is one of those five states."

The full article is available here.

What is the potential economic impact of Raise the Age Legislation?

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"Dr. David Mitchell, professor of economics and director of the Bureau of Economic Research at Missouri State University, conducted a study to determine the economic costs and benefits of the proposed Raise the Age Legislation in Missouri.

The Show Me State is one of five states where 17-year-olds are automatically treated as adults in the criminal justice system, along with Georgia, Texas, Michigan and Wisconsin. However, a recently introduced legislation aims at raising the age to 18 in Missouri.

Dr. Mitchell’s study found that the state would benefit from significant savings. He concludes in the study that reduced recidivism and increased employment and wages for 17-year-olds who remain in the juvenile justice system, would result in long-term tax benefits that eclipse the initial costs of serving 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice system."

The full article is available here.

Study: Raise the Age, Lower the Cost of Juvenile Offenders

"Missouri is one of five states where 17-year-olds are automatically treated as adults in the criminal justice system, along with Georgia, Texas, Michigan and Wisconsin. 

However, a recently introduced legislation aims at raising the age to 18 in the Show Me State.

A panel was held at Missouri State University Tuesday afternoon where a legislator, experts, and a father spoke in favor of this change."

The full article is available here.

Join Us On Dec. 5 for 18 in 18: Raising the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction in Missouri

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18 in 2018: Raising the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction in Missouri

DATE: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
TIME: 4:30pm-6pm
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.

Featured Panelists:
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

Featured Poets/Artists:
Members of Missouri State University’s Untamed Tongues. (Link)

To RSVP to this event, please visit here. 

For more information about the Missouri State Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice visit: https://criminology.missouristate.edu/