Justice

KSMU

Missouri is one of five states that prosecute all 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system, no matter the offense.  There’s an effort to change that in the Show-Me State to where 17-year-olds would instead go through the juvenile justice system as kids. 

The Justice Policy Institute, an organization that advocates for raising the age to 18 nationwide, says the change is needed to keep young people safe.