Raise the Age Moves Forward

This week, the “Raise the Age” legislation moved forward as the bill was placed on the Senate calendar.

Sponsored by Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau)SB 793 would raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 17 to 18. This would allow 17-year-olds to remain in the juvenile system to get rehabilitation, therapy and educational opportunities. Missouri is one of only five states that require 17-year-olds to be tried as adults. You can let your senator know that you support “Raise the Age” by participating in this Action Alert.

Meanwhile, the House version of “Raise the Age”, HB 1255, sponsored by Rep. Nick Schroer (R-Cape Girardeau), had a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. Though all of the witnesses endorsed the policy, cost is still a factor. The fiscal note indicates a $6 million dollar cost to the state to fully implement the bill by 2021. Negotiations about cost are ongoing.