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

  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)},
  • J. Donohue
  • Published 21 July 2014
  • Law
  • CJRN: Inequality & Justice (Topic)
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