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

Published: Feb 17, 1992

Principal Investigator(s):
David C. Baldus; George Woodworth; Charles A. Jr. Pulaski

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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.

Baldus, David C., Woodworth, George, and Pulaski, Charles A. Jr. Procedural Reform of Jury Murder Convictions in Georgia, 1970-1978. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-17.

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

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

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.

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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  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.