East Baton Rouge (LA) Parish Study on Race, Homicides, and Prosecutions, 1990-2008

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Tim Lyman

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

Date Written: August 5, 2013

Abstract

This study examines the racial characteristics of homicides occurring in Louisiana's East Baton Rouge (EBR) parish during the nineteen years from 1990 through 2008, and then compares them to the racial characteristics of death-eligible (first degree at some stage) murder cases prosecuted during the same period. Are these prosecutions a statistically random, race-neutral subset of the homicides that occurred? What we find is that there is a negligible (less than one-in-a-million) chance of obtaining these data if the hypothesis -- that the prosecuted cases are a racially random sample drawn from the homicide group -- were true.

The report counts and calculations for this article can be found here: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2096255

Keywords: race, homicide, murder, East Baton Rouge Parish, EBR

JEL Classification: C12, J71, K14

Suggested Citation

Lyman, Tim, East Baton Rouge (LA) Parish Study on Race, Homicides, and Prosecutions, 1990-2008 (August 5, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2096254 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2096254

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