JC/DC ACTION ALERT: Children in Adult Prisons

**CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE NOW**

SB 793 has been placed on the calendar for full House vote.

Currently Missouri law incarcerates children who have been 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 would require 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.

*Thank you to all who sent emails to the House Judiciary Committee for getting this important bill out of committee. THIS IS THE LAST STEP BEEFORE THE BILL GOES TO THE GOVERNOR’S DESK FOR HIS SIGNATURE!!!! Please continue to engage legislators on social media using the #18in18 because 17 is too young! @molegislature @missouripta @raisetheageMO.

Dear Representative,

Children who commit serious crimes should be held accountable for their actions.  However, incarcerating children charged, but not convicted, in adult facilities is a sentence in itself.  Children are not the same as adults and until they are found guilty should be afforded extra protections.  When children are incarcerated in adult prisons they face a dramatically increased danger of sexual assault and have higher risks of suicide.  These facilities do not afford children the opportunities of education and rehabilitation services available in the juvenile detention system.  Instead of working to rehabilitate these children when their mental development is at its’ capacity to learn we are teaching them to be hardened criminals.

 The Missouri Model has long been the national model with regard to state juvenile justice systems. This allowance to house charged but not convicted children with adults is a flaw we need to recognize and correct.  Please vote yes on SB 793 to keep kids 17 and younger out of adult prisons.

Sincerely,

Your name and PTA

 

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Kristina Wilmoth
VP Legislation and Advocacy
Missouri PTA
kristinaw@mopta.org


We Need Your Help to Defeat a Harmful Voucher Proposal

You are receiving this email because you are from a state with one or more Republican members of Congress on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC).  We urge your state PTA to participate in a social media day of action on May 2 to let these members of Congress know about the dangers of a voucher proposal that has been gaining support in recent weeks.

The Military Education Savings Account Act (H.R. 5199/S. 2517) is a bill that would divert funding from Impact Aid, a program that gives federal assistance to military schools located on federally impacted land, into a voucher program.  This bill is currently being considered in the House Armed Services Committee.  A vote on the bill is expected to take place in the coming weeks and we need your help to amplify the issues with this bill prior to a vote.

We urge your state PTA to get involved in the effort to defeat this bill by participating in a national social media day of action on Wednesday, May 2.  The goal of this day of action is to bring lawmakers ‘s attention to the dangers of the Military Education Savings Account Act.  To participate, tweet the following from your State PTA’s twitter account:

  • @RepHartzler @RepSamGraves We urge you to oppose HR 5199, a bill that would use Impact Aid to fund private school vouchers & undermine military students’ educational opportunities #SupportMilFamilies #NoVouchers

Please be sure to tag the member or members of Congress from your state who are on the House Armed Services Committee in this tweet.  You can find a full list of these members and their twitter handles in the attached Excel spreadsheet.  These tweets are directed towards key members of Congress who are on the House Armed Services Committee, the committee that is considering this bill.

If you are unable to post this tweet on May 2, please try to tweet it out sometime this week or early next week if possible.  Please let me know if you have any questions or need any additional information.

Thank you,

Hannah Engle | Government Affairs Coordinator
National PTA®
Office: (703) 518-1262 | Cell: (301) 910-4637
hengle@pta.org | www.pta.org