Caddo (LA) Parish Study on Race, Homicides, and Prosecutions, 1988-2008
Northeastern University, Institute for Security and Public Policy at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
January 19, 2011
This study examines the racial characteristics of homicides occurring in Louisiana's Caddo Parish ( the Shreveport area) during the 21 years from 1988 through 2008, and then compares them to the racial characteristics of all murder cases prosecuted during the same period. Are the prosecuted cases a statistically random, race-neutral subset of the homicides that occurred? We find that there is a less than one-in-ten-thousand chance that the prosecuted cases are a racially random sample drawn from the homicide group. For example, 84% (61 of 73) of black-on-white homicides produced death-eligible cases, versus 24% (193 of 795) of all other homicides.
The report counts and calculations for this article can be found here: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2096243
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: Death penalty, Shreveport, Caddo, Race, Racism, Homicide, Murder
JEL Classification: C12, J71, K14
Date posted: January 21, 2011 ; Last revised: August 12, 2013
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