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The Age of Juvenile Offenders In Missouri

Emily Stahly, The Show Me Institute

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Legislation has been filed which would raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years old rather than 17 in Missouri. Currently, Missouri i is one of only five states where 17-year-olds are automatically prosecuted as adults. Emily Stahly says it's better for public safety and better for juvenile lives.

 

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