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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.  
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Update: SB 618 did not get voted on in the House. 

Unfortunately, SB 618, a crucial bill seeking to end the jailing of pre-trial kids with adults, did not get voted on in the House due to long debates and filibusters of other legislation, without which the bill would have passed without a doubt. But we are already working to make sure that this very important bill will pass next year. Stay tuned, and continue to show your support for a reform of the Missouri juvenile justice system! 

Show your support on social media with the hashtag #NoKidsInAdultJails

SB 618 requires any juvenile certified as an adult be detained in a juvenile facility until the juvenile has been sentenced or turns seventeen years of age. Learn more by downloading quick facts about SB 618 here. SB 618 was passed in the Senate, which is a great step towards a better justice system for youth in Missouri!
Continue to show your support for this very important bill for the future of Missouri kids! 

Download SB 618: Q&A
Click here to download a chart of the empty beds in the Missouri juvenile detention system

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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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