Bill would keep juveniles out of adult jails until their trials

A bill is advancing in the Missouri legislature that would keep juveniles out of adult jails before their trials in recognition of their vulnerability there.

The state Senate has voted in support of the measure, SB 618, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau. The bill would prevent any youth certified as an adult from being held in an adult jail until the youth has been sentenced or turns 17 years of age. The bill would establish a commission that will develop a plan by 2018 for alternate detention of these youth.

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