Panel discussing steps Vermont needs to take in state's criminal justice system

by Carolyn Sistrand, NBC 5, April 13th, 2021.

The virtual meeting held Monday night identified problems such as race, police, drugs, and much more. One conversation addressing specific topics like racial disparities in criminalization.

"The criminalization starts young. It is wildly disproportionate in Vermont, it's just small numbers so that's why we don't always see it," Senator Kesha Ram (D) said. "Black young men are 2.5% of Chittenden County's population and they are 25% of those charged as youthful offenders in our courts."

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