Jefferson (LA) Parish Study on Race, Homicides, and Prosecutions, 1976-2011

10 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2014 Last revised: 26 Aug 2016

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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 12, 2014

Abstract

This study examines the racial characteristics of homicides occurring in Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish (the south and west metro New Orleans area) during the 36 years from 1976 through 2011, 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-one-million) chance of obtaining these data if the hypothesis – that death-eligible 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=2479373.

Keywords: death penalty, death eligible, capital, murder, first degree, Louisiana, race, homicide, prosecution

JEL Classification: J71, K14, C49

Suggested Citation

Lyman, Tim, Jefferson (LA) Parish Study on Race, Homicides, and Prosecutions, 1976-2011 (August 12, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2479371 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2479371

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