Missouri is currently one of only nine states that automatically treat 17 year olds as adults in the justice system, no matter how minor the offense. This means they are charged as adults and placed in adult prisons - dangerous and unnecessary environments for a teen.
HB300/SB213 raises the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to 18.
Click here to download our PDF fact sheet on "Raise The Age"
Take 5 minutes to show you support HB300 telling the House Judiciary Committee why this bill must be passes. Then, then use social media to spread the word - you can copy paste the posts below, or write your own.
Sample social media posts for Raise the Age in MO:
I support #RaiseTheAgeMO to improve outcomes for our youth & improve public safety in MO. Sign, support & RT http://bit.ly/justiceforMOyouth
I just sent a note to Missouri legislative leaders about an important issue: MO is one of only two states that have failed to recognize what research and science have confirmed - adolescents are children, and prosecuting and placing them in the adult criminal justice system when they are 16 or 17 years old doesn't work for them and doesn't work for public safety. Join me and show your support to raise the age of adult sentencing from 16 to 18 by clicking below. #RaiseTheAgeMO http://bit.ly/justiceforMOyouth
CONTACT the Judiciary Committee
.[@Rep'sTwitterGoesHere] PLEASE support HB300. MO is only 1 of 7 states left to not #RaiseTheAge - research proves we must! http://www.forj-mo.org
| Rep. Austin, Chair @KevinLAustin1
| Rep. McGaugh, Vice-chair @JoeDonMcGaugh
| Rep. Gardner @MoRepKimGardner
|Rep. Colona @RepMikeColona
| Rep. Mitten
| Rep. Cornejo @CornejoForMO
| Rep. Keeney
| Rep. Parkinson @markparkinson
|| Rep. Corlew @KevinCorlew
Families and Friends Organized to Reform Juvenile Justice (FORJ)
Dedicated to ending the practice of placing children and youth under the age of 18 in Missouri's adult criminal justice system and providing all children involved in Missouri's criminal justice system the necessary rehabilitation needed to become productive members of society by engaging and empowering families and allies of these children. Find us on Facebook.
Did you know? In the state of Missouri:
- Children in the justice system are considered adults at age 17.
- Children as young as 12 can be tried in adult court (certified as adults).
- Upon certification, children are placed in adult jails until their sentencing hearing.
- Once a child is arrested parents lose all control of that child.
- Upon certification, children in adult jails do not receive rehabilitative services or education.
- There is no recourse to keep your child safe once placed in an adult prison or jail.
FORJ-MO helps to organize and empower families and allies most affected by the current juvenile justice practices to advocate for policy reform on the state and federal level.