22nd JDC (LA) Study on Race, Homicides, and Prosecutions, 1976-2011

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Tim Lyman

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

Date Written: October 27, 2016

Abstract

This study examines the racial characteristics of homicides occurring in Louisiana’s 22nd JDC (St. Tammany and Washington Parishes to the north and east of metro New Orleans) 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=2768454.

Keywords: death penalty, death eligible, capital murder, first-degree murder, race, homicides, prosecutions

JEL Classification: J71, K14, C49

Suggested Citation

Lyman, Tim, 22nd JDC (LA) Study on Race, Homicides, and Prosecutions, 1976-2011 (October 27, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2767851 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2767851

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