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Missouri

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FORJ-MO is dedicated to reducing the number of children under the age of 18 in Missouri's jails and prisons and providing all children involved in Missouri's juvenile or adult criminal justice system the necessary rehabilitation needed to become productive members of society by engaging and empowering families and allies of these children. FORJ-MO helps to organize and empower families and allies most affected by the current juvenile justice practices to advocate for policy reform in Missouri.

Primary Contact Name: Tracy McClard
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Phone: 573-837-7346
Website: forjmo.blogspot.com
Twitter: @ForjMO


Legislation

  • Bill Number: HB 1255/ SB 793 - WIN

    Type of Reform

    Bill Number: HB 1255/ SB 793- WIN

    Type of Reform: Raise the Age.  These bills raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction in Missouri to 18 by January 2021. Once implemented,  all youth under 18 will start in juvenile court and may only be transferred at the discretion of a juvenile court judge.

    Year: 2018

  • Resolution SCR 29 - WIN!

    Type of Reform

    Transfer Reform - Creation of a Congressionally-appointed Task Force on Juvenile Court Jurisdiction to study practices which result in charging youth as adults by default, and consider whether to return discretion to the juvenile courts

    Year: 2014

  • Jonathan's Law – WIN!

    Type of Reform

    Sentencing Reform - Jonathan’s Law raises the age at which a youth must be considered for Missouri’s dual jurisdiction from 17 years to 17 years and 6 months

    Year: 2013


Reports

  • Missouri: Justice Rationed

    The report Missouri: Justice Rationed (2013), written by Mary Ann Scali, Kim Tandy, Jaime Michel, and Jordan Pauluhn looks into the criminal justice system as a whole. It focuses on the court proceedings and whether the youth's due process rights were properly protected. The report details how youth receive counsel and questions the ethnicity of the roles of different members within the system. The report determined that youth are encouraged from and systematically denied counsel. The individuals involved in the justice system have conflicting roles, reducing the protection of the juveniles. Due process is generally denied in the Missouri system, violating the standard established by In re Gault.

  • The Missouri Model: Reinventing the Practice of Rehabilitating Youth Offenders

    This report (2010) highlights the victories of the juvenile justice system in Missouri and its programs facilitating juvenile offenders’ rehabilitation.