Why Are There So Many African-Americans Incarcerated In Vermont?


Overall, Vermont has one of the lowest incarceration rates in the country — but one of the highest rates of African-American incarceration. So why is that?

Note: Our show is made primarily for the ear. As always, we recommend listening to the audio above!

It’s what Rosie Chase of Huntington was wondering when she put her question to Brave Little State, VPR’s people-powered journalism podcast, where we take on questions about Vermont that have been submitted and voted on by our audience.

“Why are there so many African-Americans incarcerated in Vermont? And is the rate higher here in Vermont than most other states?” — Rosie Chase, Huntington

Rosie works as a public defender in Franklin County, providing legal counsel to those who can’t afford a lawyer. So she spends a lot…

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