LA 14th JDC (Calcasieu Parish) Study of Race, Homicides, and Prosecutions, 1976-2014

13 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2018 Last revised: 18 Dec 2018

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Tim Lyman

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

Date Written: December 17, 2018

Abstract

This study, examining the racial characteristics of some time death-eligible court cases compared to homicide rates occurring in Louisiana's 14th Judicial District Court (Calcasieu Parish) during the 39 years from 1976 through 2014, is the second JDC study of its kind since the data from the original five JDC studies (JDCs 1, 16, 19, 22, and 24) were aggregated into one study called "Race and the Death Penalty in Louisiana: An Actuarial Analysis."

That study found that racial maldistribution is systemic, occurring in uniform patterns across the jurisdictions. This study is the second study (after JDC 15) to test the theory against new data, and finds that the new data bolsters the theory.

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

JEL Classification: C12, K14, J71

Suggested Citation

Lyman, Tim, LA 14th JDC (Calcasieu Parish) Study of Race, Homicides, and Prosecutions, 1976-2014 (December 17, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3302299 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3302299

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