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Caddo (LA) Parish Study on Race, Homicides, and Prosecutions, 1988-2014


Tim Lyman


Northeastern University, Institute for Security and Public Policy at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

December 1, 2016


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This study examines the racial characteristics of homicides occurring in Louisiana’s 1st Judicial District Court (Caddo Parish, the Shreveport area) during the 27 years from 1988 through 2014, and then compares them to the racial characteristics of death-eligible (first degree at some stage) murder cases prosecuted during the same period. Chi-Square testing reveals that there is a negligible (one-in-one-million) chance of obtaining the case data if the null hypothesis – that death-eligible cases are a racially random sample drawn from the homicide group – were true. Black-on-white homicides produce death-eligible cases 73% of the time, versus 26% of the time for all other cases. Over-representation of black-on-white cases is evident at every level of eventual verdict. Evidence of discrimination against black defendants is also found in analyses of sentence length and jury unanimity.

The report counts and calculations for this article can be found here: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2096243

Number of Pages in PDF File: 3

Keywords: Death penalty, Shreveport, Caddo, Race, Racism, Homicide, Murder

JEL Classification: C12, J71, K14


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Date posted: January 21, 2011 ; Last revised: December 2, 2016

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Lyman, Tim, Caddo (LA) Parish Study on Race, Homicides, and Prosecutions, 1988-2014 (December 1, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1743712 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1743712

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Northeastern University, Institute for Security and Public Policy at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice ( email )
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