MO House Panel Raises Certification Age in Juvenile Crime Bill

A House committee Monday passed a bill changing how youth are sent to trial – and possibly prison.

Ballwin Republican Shamed Dogan passed an amendment to raise the lowest age of certification for youth committing violent crime to
16 years old.

That raises it higher than the bill that passed the Senate – before lawmakers decided to split out all aspects of the crime bill.

Senate version actually raised the age to 14 –from the CURRENT age of 12.