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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: www.forj-mo.org 
Twitter: @ForjMO


Legislation

  • Resolution SCR 29

    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

  • Bill Number: HB 684

    Type of Reform

    Specifies that courts must order an evaluation by the Division of Youth Services to determine whether dual jurisdiction (blended sentencing) is appropriate for certain juvenile offenders.

    Year: Introduced in 2016

  • Bill number: HB 1642

    Type of Reform

    Requires a court to order an evaluation by the Division of Youth Services to determine whether dual jurisdiction of both the criminal and juvenile codes (blended sentencing) is appropriate for the juvenile offender

    Year: Introduced in 2016

  • Bill number: SB 618/HB 1641

    Type of Reform

    This bill would require any juvenile certified as an adult to be detained in a juvenile facility until the juvenile has been sentenced or turned seventeen years of age.

    Year: Introduced in 2016

  • Bill number: HB 1812/SB 685

    Type of Reform

    This bill would allow children under the age of 18 to be prosecuted for most criminal offenses in juvenile courts

    Year: Introduced in 2016


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.