It’s all because of YOU!
SB 793, also known as #RaiseTheAgeMO, passed by a nearly-unanimous vote! This bill changes the the age from 17 to 18 at which youth are automatically charged as adults.
Previously, Missouri law incarcerated children who were charged as adults in adult prisons. While they have been charged with serious offences, these children have not yet been convicted of a crime. SB 793 requires children to be prosecuted in juvenile courts unless the child is certified as an adult or is being prosecuted for a traffic or curfew violation. Additionally, the bill specifies that no person under the age of 18 may be detained in an adult jail unless the person has been certified as an adult. This bill does NOT change the ability of the court to certify youth as adults for heinous crimes and hold these offenders in adult facilities.
“This is a good decision that is both obvious (better age-appropriate treatment, protection from the extreme dangers of incarceration with adults) and far-reaching (reduced recidivism, increased employment). It will bring with it long-term economic benefits for the state as a whole.
When the law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2021, Missouri will join 45 states and Washington, D.C., that consider 18 the age of criminal responsibility.” -Kansas City Star May 28, 2018
Thank you to all who sent emails, calls, and advocated on social media. You made a difference for Missouri youth!
For all children,
Kristina Wilmoth, Vice President Legislation & Advocacy