LA 9th JDC (Rapides Parish) Study on Race, Homicides, and Prosecutions, 1982-2014

14 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2019

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Tim Lyman

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

Date Written: November 10, 2019

Abstract

This is the eighth Louisiana Judicial District Court study, following studies of JDCs 1, 14, 15, 16, 19, 22, and 24. In addition to Rapides Parish (JDC 9) data, this study includes cumulative data from the previous studies, and demonstrates how the cumulative race prosecution rates are affected by the addition of Rapides. This is part of the theory testing step in scientific method, to test the working theory that "maldistribution is systemic, occurring in uniform patterns across the jurisdictions." The results in Rapides bolster the working theory, insofar as maldistribution in Rapides dovetails with the patterns of variance found in previous studies.

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

JEL Classification: C12, C49, J71, K14

Suggested Citation

Lyman, Tim, LA 9th JDC (Rapides Parish) Study on Race, Homicides, and Prosecutions, 1982-2014 (November 10, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3484436 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3484436

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