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Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel

The Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Advisory Panel is charged by the legislature with reviewing and providing recommendations to address systemic racial disparities in statewide systems of criminal and juvenile justice. This includes: reviewing police data; providing recommendations regarding training and best practices for law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys; educating and engaging with the community; and producing a biennial report. The Panel was created by Act 54 of 2017.

Click here to read Act 54.

The next meeting of the Panel will take place electronically at 6pm on April 12. We will use Microsoft Teams to convene the meeting. Please email Assistant Attorney General Erin Jacobsen at erin.jacobsen@vermont.gov for further instruction on how to join the call.

Community Representatives:

Wichie Artu, Data Warehouse Specialist & Social Justice Consultant
Jessica Brown, Visiting Assistant Professor of Criminal Law, Vermont Law School
Geoffrey Jones, Former Vermont State Police Trooper
Shela Linton, Co-founder and Executive Director, Root Social Justice Center
Dr. Etan Nasreddin-Longo, Chair of the Panel
Qing Ren, PhD, Evaluation and Program Analyst, Shelburne Farms
Chief Don Stevens, Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk – Abenaki Nation

State Government Representatives:

Tyler Allen, Adolescent Services Director, Department of Children and Families
Xusana Davis, Executive Director of Racial Equity
Jennifer Firpo, Law Enforcement Certification and Training Coordinator, Vermont Criminal Justice Council
Judge Thomas Zonay, Chief Superior Judge, Judiciary
Evan Meenan, Deputy State’s Attorney, Department of State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs
Captain Barbara Kessler, Vermont State Police
Erin Jacobsen, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office
Rebecca Turner, Appellate Defender, Office of the Defender General
Monica Weeber, Administrative Services Director, Department of Corrections

 

Reports

2021-11-15 Report of the RDAP concerning Act 65
2020-12-01 Report of the RDAP concerning Section 19, Act 48
2019-12-04 Report of the RDAP

Agendas:

Agendum 4-12-2022 – The April 12th meeting will take place from 6-8pm by Teams.
Agendum 3-8-2022 – The March 8th meeting will take place from 6-8pm by Teams.
Agendum 2-9-2022 – The February 9 meeting will take place from 6-8pm by Teams.
Agendum 3-10-2020 – The March 10 meeting will take place from 6-8pm at the Hartford Town Hall in White River Junction: Room 312.
Agendum 4-9 – The April 9 meeting will take place from 6-8pm at the Aldrich Public Library in Barre: 6 Washington Street, in the Milne Room.
Agendum 11-13 – The November 13 meeting of the Panel will take place from 6-8pm at the Waterbury Public Library at 28 Main Street, in the SAL Room.
Agendum 9-11 – The September 11 meeting will take place from 6-8pm at the Aldrich Public Library in Barre: 6 Washington Street, in the Milne Room.
Agendum 8-14 – The August 14 meeting will take place from 6-8pm at the Aldrich Public Library in Barre: 6 Washington Street, in the Milne Room.
Agendum 7-10 – The July 10 meeting will be held in the SAL Room in the Waterbury Public Library located at 28 North Main Street, Waterbury, Vermont.

Minutes:

Minutes from March 8, 2022 Meeting
Minutes from February 8, 2022 Meeting
Minutes from October 9, 2018 Meeting
Minutes from September 11, 2018 Meeting
Minutes from August 14, 2018 Meeting
Minutes from July 10, 2018 Meeting
Minutes from June 12, 2018 Meeting
Minutes from May 22, 2018 Meeting
Minutes from February 13, 2008 Meeting
Minutes from January 9, 2018 Meeting
Minutes from November 14, 2017 Meeting
Minutes from October 3, 2017 Meeting

Click here to view videos of several of the panel meetings.