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  Families and Friends Organizing for Reform of Juvenile Justice or FORJ-MO is the first parent lead juvenile justice organization in Missouri working to change the laws that turn our children into adults, with horrific outcomes, once they enter the adult criminal justice system.  


Click here to download our PDF fact sheet on "Raise The Age"

Sample social media posts for Raise the Age in MO:TWEET: 

I support #RaiseTheAgeMO to improve outcomes for our youth & improve public safety in MO. Sign, support & RT

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

CONTACT the Judiciary Committee
.[@Rep'sTwitterGoesHere] PLEASE support RTA. MO is only 1 of 7 states left to not #RaiseTheAge - research proves we must!

 Rep. Austin, Chair @KevinLAustin1

 Rep. McGaugh, Vice-chair  @JoeDonMcGaugh

 Rep. Gardner @MoRepKimGardner

Rep. Colona  @RepMikeColona 

 Rep. Mitten

 Rep. Cornejo  @CornejoForMO  Rep.Fitzwater  
 Rep. Keeney
 Rep. Parkinson @markparkinson  Rep. Corlew  @KevinCorlew

About Us:

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.


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