An Empirical Evaluation of the Connecticut Death Penalty System Since 1973: Are There Unlawful Racial, Gender, and Geographic Disparities?

@article{Donohue2014AnEE,
  title={An Empirical Evaluation of the Connecticut Death Penalty System Since 1973: Are There Unlawful Racial, Gender, and Geographic Disparities?},
  author={John J. Donohue},
  journal={CJRN: Inequality \& Justice (Topic)},
  year={2014}
}
  • J. Donohue
  • Published 21 July 2014
  • Law
  • CJRN: Inequality & Justice (Topic)
This article analyzes the 205 death-eligible murders leading to homicide convictions in Connecticut from 1973-2007 to determine if discriminatory and arbitrary factors influenced capital outcomes. A regression analysis controlling for an array of legitimate factors relevant to the crime, defendant, and victim provides overwhelming evidence that minority defendants who kill white victims are capitally charged at substantially higher rates than minority defendants who kill minorities, that… 

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