East Baton Rouge (LA) Parish Study on Race, Homicides, and Prosecutions, 1990-2008
7 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2012 Last revised: 22 Aug 2016
Date Written: August 5, 2013
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
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