We Advocate To
Keep children that commit minor offenses—such as skipping school—out of juvenile detention facilities by offering restorative justice alternatives, such as community, school or family-focused interventions
Continue to engage parents and families in the delivery of treatment and services while their child
is in the juvenile justice system
Ensure states implement newly enacted policies to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system
Encourage schools to use positive school discipline policies that are effective, fair and consistently implemented to keep students in school and learning instead of relying on exclusionary practices such as in and out-of-school suspensions
Over 45,000 juvenile offenders were held in detention centers in 2016 according to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention 
Low and medium-risk youth placed in detention centers are twice as likely to reoffend as those placed in restorative justice programs 
It costs an average of $146,302 per year to hold one juvenile in confinement 
 Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. (2016). Statistical briefing book: Juveniles in corrections. Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and
 Towenkamp, C.T., Latessa, E. J. (2005). Evaluation of Ohio’s reclaim funded programs, community corrections facilities, and DYS facilities. Cincinnati, OH: University
 Justice Policy Institute. (2014). Sticker shock: Calculating the full price tag for youth incarceration. Washington, DC: Justice Policy Institute.
Voice From the Field
When Will Wiese heard that the Missouri state legislature had introduced a bill that would protect minors from being
prosecuted as adults and serving time in adult facilities, he knew he had to take action to ensure the bill would be
passed into law. Will knew that without this piece of legislation, a child as young as nine years old could be held in
jail—with an adult offender in the same cell.
As a former Student Representative and current Advocacy Chair for Missouri PTA, Will knew the power of social media
to create change in communities. Will created a social media campaign around the Raise the Age Missouri Act,
using the hashtag #18in18 to build traction for the bill in Missouri.
The grassroots movement that began as a small online conversation quickly grew, and by the end of 2017, there were
hundreds of #18in18 social media posts from school officials, parents and students. In May 2018, the Missouri state
legislature passed SB 793 by a nearly unanimous vote and in June, the Raise the Age Missouri Act was signed into law
by the Governor.