Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Tim Lyman (Northeastern University, Institute for Security and Public Policy at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice) has posted 15th JDC (La) Study on Race, Homicides, and Prosecutions, 1976-2014 on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This is the first Louisiana Judicial District Court study 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.” The next step in scientific method is to test the theory developed there, that "maldistribution is systemic, occurring in uniform patterns across the jurisdictions," on new data. This is done here, analyzing the available data about death-eligible cases in the 15th JDC during the 39 years since Gregg v. Georgia. The results bolster the theory, finding maldistribution right in line with the aggregated five-JDC data of the Actuarial Analysis.