Implicit bias is one factor that may contribute to disparities in Vermont’s criminal justice system. That is according to the final report of VT Attorney General’s Working Group on Law Enforcement Interactions. Attorney General Sorrell joined with representatives from government and non-government organizations to form an advisory committee to examine the role of implicit bias in interactions between law enforcement officers and community members.
Implicit bias helps explain why knowledge of a stereotype can influence how a person sees and reacts to others who are different. All humans have implicit biases, even people who choose to reject prejudice and discrimination the Working Group stated in its final report.
“Now that we have made our recommendations, we hope that the Training Council receives whatever support it needs from the Legislature to implement them,” said Sorrell. Sorrell encourages the public to learn more about their own implicit biases by taking an Implicit Association Test on the Project Implicit website at https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/. The report can be read in its entirety here