Charging and Sentencing of Murder and Voluntary Manslaughter Cases in Georgia, 1973-1979 (ICPSR 9264)
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
This study was funded by:
- National Science Foundation. Law and Social Sciences Program (SES 8209449)
- Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
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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
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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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