Support Smart Justice Vermont
Vermonters believe that everyone deserves fair treatment, no matter who they are or where they live – and right now, our criminal justice system does not provide that.
- Black people made up just 1 percent of the state’s adult population in 2017, but accounted for 8 percent of admissions to correctional facilities, resulting in some of the highest racial disparities in the country.
- Some regions of the state incarcerate people at twice the statewide average.
- One in four people incarcerated are being held pretrial and have not been convicted of a crime.
- Prison admissions for violations of probation, parole, and furlough are a key driver of mass incarceration in Vermont. In 2017, an estimated 2 out of every 3 prison admissions fell into this category.
- Every year, 6,000 children in Vermont are impacted by having at least one parent incarcerated, which is about the same as the total number of children born in Vermont annually.
When Vermont has committed to criminal justice reform in the past, it’s worked, but we still have work to do. With continued innovation, Vermont can transform its system into one that is fair, equitable and rooted in community-based solutions, while serving as a model for other states.
Please sign our petition and be a part of the movement to create a smarter justice system in Vermont.
We will share this information with policymakers in our state so that they know Vermonters care about our communities and want to invest in people, not prisons.