Messenger Online focuses on Juvenile Justice Reform

Jennifer Atterbury, Michael Dammerich and Ronnie and Lori Welty have a shared bond. As a prosecuting attorney, a teen offender and the parents of an incarcerated teen, they have first-hand experience with the trauma youth can face in the adult criminal justice system. In the latestMessenger Online, to be released next week, they share their powerful stories about the need for juvenile justice reform in Missouri. The Missouri Catholic Conference, along with other concerned groups, are supporting bills to make changes in the law, such as raising the age youth offenders are considered adults. Stay tuned for this inspiring edition.

To take action now, respond to this MCC Action Alert in support of SB 40, which raises the age of juvenile court jurisdiction in Missouri from 17 to 18.