Race and the death penalty in Kentucky murder trials: 1976–1991

@article{Keil1995RaceAT,
  title={Race and the death penalty in Kentucky murder trials: 1976–1991},
  author={Thomas J. Keil and Gennaro F. Vito},
  journal={American Journal of Criminal Justice},
  year={1995},
  volume={20},
  pages={17-36}
}
This study re-examines the effect of race of the victim on the probability that an accused murderer is charged with a capital crime and sentenced to death in Kentucky. It adds over five years of data to our original study. The results show that Blacks accused of killing Whites had a higher than average probability of being charged with a capital crime (by the prosecutor) and sentenced to die (by the jury) than other homicide offenders. This finding remains after taking into account the effects… CONTINUE READING