Raise the Age Passes First Hurdle in Senate!

On Wednesday, the Senate gave first-round approval to a measure to that would raise the age of adult sentencing from 17 to 18 years old. Known as “Raise the Age”, this bill has been gaining momentum all session.

In speaking for the bill, Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) noted how these youth become graduate students of crime when they encounter older individuals who are incarcerated. Youth are also prone to physical and sexual abuse when housed with older inmates. The measure as passed included two new provisions: Charge a fee of $3.50 to file civil lawsuits to help fund juvenile courts, and to allow children who were trafficked and subjected to charges of prostitution to have their records expunged.

The bill awaits final approval in the Senate before being sent over to the House. Thanks to all the network members who contacted their senators in support of the bill!