Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Racial Disparities Panel Releases Report

December 10, 2019

Contact: David Scherr, Co-Chief, Community Justice Division, 802-828-3171

 

Today Dr. Etan Nasreddin-Longo, chair of the Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel, will present the Panel’s report to the Legislative Joint Justice Oversight Committee. The report contains extensive recommendations to the Legislature regarding ways to ameliorate the racial disparities that exist in our criminal and juvenile justice systems. These recommendations include centralizing a bias incident complaint process, significantly expanding data collection efforts, and implementing reforms to reduce racial profiling. The report also discusses root causes of racial disparities and summarizes the Panel’s extensive policy considerations.

“I’m grateful to my fellow panel members for working hard and engaging in good faith in difficult conversations,” said Dr. Nasreddin-Longo. “I hope the Legislature will work to enact these reforms in cooperation with communities of color.”

The Panel’s membership includes representatives of communities of color from around Vermont, as well as State officials working in the administration of Vermont’s criminal and juvenile justice systems.

This Panel was created by the Legislature and is organized under the auspices of the Office of the Attorney General. Attorney General Donovan thanks the Panel for its service, and is committed to working with Panel members and the Legislature to turn the recommendations into action.

A copy of the Panel’s report can be found here.

Last modified: December 10, 2019