Joint Committee on Justice System Meets

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Joint Committee on Justice System met to solicit input and information regarding raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction. Missouri is one of only five states to still exclude 17-year-olds from the juvenile justice system. Bills have been offered to raise the age to 18. Rep. Nick Schroer (R-St. Charles) and Marc Levin, Policy Director of Right on Crime, led the way for advocates testifying in favor of the measure. They offered information from other states and addressed why raising the age is appropriate in Missouri. Representatives of the Office of State Courts Administrator and the Division of Youth Services then shared the costs they considered in preparing a fiscal note for the bill. The committee did not reach a consensus on how to implement the legislation.