New Law regarding Juvenile Court proceedings Enforced this Week

A new law took effect in the Missouri Senate on August 28, 2018, but wasn’t enforced until this week. It is in regards to juvenile court proceedings. The law is legislation that modifies juvenile court proceedings.  Current law states that anyone between the ages of 12 to 17 can be convicted in a court of jurisdiction. Anyone who is accused of a crime and they are 17 and a half can be convicted as both a child and an adult. Dual jurisdiction allows an offender who has been found guilty in an adult court to complete a juvenile sentence in a Division of Youth Services’ facility. This act provides that offenders under the age of 18 are eligible for the program. No person under the age of 18 may be detained in an adult jail unless the person has been certified as an adult.

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