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?
HB1255 and SB793 have been filed for the 2018 legislative session. These bills 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 HB1255 and SB793!