Baldus, David C.;
Pulaski, Charles A.
These data were collected to assess the levels of racial
discrimination and arbitrariness occurring at different levels within
Georgia's capital charging and sentencing system. Data cover
approximately 1,000 murder and voluntary manslaughter cases.
Information was obtained for all known penalty trial cases and for
certain cases stratified by case type (voluntary manslaughter
conviction, nonpenalty trial life sentence, and penalty trial) and by
state judicial circuit. Numerous measures of defendant blameworthiness
were developed as a basis for assessing levels of arbitrariness and
discrimination in the capital charging and sentencing system. Variables
include race, sex, and socioeconomic class, as well as crime codes,
jury/bench decisions, final plea, term, and number of counts convicted.
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Baldus, David C., George Woodworth, and Charles A. Pulaski. Charging and Sentencing of Murder and Voluntary Manslaughter Cases in Georgia, 1973-1979. ICPSR09264-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09264.v1
Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09264.v1
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This study was funded by:
- National Science Foundation. Law and Social Sciences Program (SES 8209449)
- Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
Scope of Study
Defendants convicted of murder or voluntary manslaughter
in Georgia between March 1973 and December 1979.
survey data, and event/transaction data
Data Collection Notes:
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Stratified probability sample including all known
sentence and penalty trial cases.
records of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles,
Georgia Department of Offender Rehabilitation, Georgia Bureau of Vital
Statistics, and Georgia prosecutors and defense attorneys
Extent of Processing: ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of
disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major
statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to
these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 1989-12-15
- 2001-12-14 The documentation for this collection was converted
to PDF and the SAS data definition statements were reformatted.
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