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Procedural Reform of Jury Murder Convictions in Georgia, 1970-1978 (ICPSR 9265)

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The purpose of this data collection was to assess the impact of the 1973 reforms of the death penalty laws on the levels of arbitrariness and discrimination in capital sentencing in Georgia. The data cover two different periods corresponding to the periods before and after the reform: 1970-1972 and 1973-1978. Numerous measures of defendant blameworthiness were developed as a basis for assessing levels of arbitrariness and discrimination in Georgia's capital charging and sentencing system. Specific variables include race, sex, current offense, prior conviction and arrests, method of killing, and number of victims.

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Study Description


Baldus, David C., George Woodworth, and Charles A. Pulaski, Jr. PROCEDURAL REFORM OF JURY MURDER CONVICTIONS IN GEORGIA, 1970-1978. 2nd ICPSR release. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa College of Law [producer], 1981. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (80-JJ-CX-0035)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   capital punishment, discrimination, sentencing, sentencing reforms

Geographic Coverage:   Georgia, United States

Universe:   All defendants convicted of murder at trial during 1973-1978, and for 1970-1972 all death cases plus life-sentence cases that resulted in a murder trial conviction in Georgia.

Data Types:   survey data, and event/transaction data


Sample:   Nonprobability sample for 1970-1972 and all cases (death and life sentence) convicted of murder at trial from 1973 to 1978.

Data Source:

Records of the Georgia Supreme Court, 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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