About Race and Aggravators in East Baton Rouge Parish Murder Cases

3 Pages Posted: 21 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 19, 2016

Abstract

Are Black-on-White (BkW) death-eligible murder cases more aggravated than the other racial categories? To investigate this question, we look at the 316 death-eligible and completed murder cases with black and/or white principals gathered for the study "Death Sentencing in East Baton Rouge Parish (1990-2008)" by Glenn L. Pierce and Michael L. Radelet, and for the study "East Baton Rouge (LA) Parish Study on Race, Homicides, and Prosecutions (1990-2008)" by Tim Lyman. We find that these murders are less aggravated than it first appears.

Keywords: death-eligible, murder, aggravators, race, race and aggravators, Louisiana, Baton Rouge

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

Lyman, Tim, About Race and Aggravators in East Baton Rouge Parish Murder Cases (August 19, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2826627 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2826627

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