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.
Baldus, David C., Woodworth, George, and Pulaski, Charles A. Charging and Sentencing of Murder and Voluntary Manslaughter Cases in Georgia, 1973-1979. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001-12-14. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09264.v1
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