Good public policy requires good information. Without data, our criminal legal system cannot address persistent racial disparities and other negative outcomes. That’s why ensuring comprehensive data collection has long been a top priority for the ACLU of Vermont.

In 2022, after four years of relentless advocacy, we helped to pass legislation establishing Vermont’s first-ever Bureau of Racial Justice Statistics, to identify and address these and other persistent racial disparities within Vermont's criminal justice system.

Learn more about the Bureau of Racial Justice Statistics.

This victory marks a significant step in addressing data gaps that mask racial and geographic disparities, preventing informed policymaking and ultimately hurting Vermonters – particularly communities of color.