Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: SJ-035-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1973

Subject Area: Anomic Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Charging and sentencing of murder and voluntary manslaughter cases in Georgia, 1973-1979.  [machine-readable data file] / Baldus, David C.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9264

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy.

Abstract: 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.

SOURCE: Records of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, Georgia Department of Offender Rehabilitation, Georgia Bureau of Vital Statistics, and Georgia Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys

UNIVERSE: Defendants convicted of murder or voluntary manslaughter in Georgia between March 1973 and December 1979.

SAMPLE: Stratified probability sample including all known sentence and penalty trial cases.

NOTE: Some of the data were blanked for purposes of confidentiality.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation + SAS Control Cards.

DATA TYPE: survey data, and event/transaction data

DATA FORMAT: Card Image with SAS Control Cards

TIME PERIOD: March 1973-December 1979

DATE OF COLLECTION: Summer and Fall 1981

FUNDING AGENCY: National Science Foundation. Edna M'Connell Clark Foundation. Law and Social Sciences Program.



Baldus, D., G. Woodworth, and C. Pulaski. EQUAL JUSTICE AND THE DEATH PENALTY: A LEGAL AND EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1990 (in press). Baldus, D., G. Woodworth, and C. Pulaski. ''Law and Statistics in Conflict: Reflections on McCleskey v. Kemp.'' HANDBOOK ON PSYCHOLOGY AND LAW (D. Kagehiro and W. Laufer, eds.), 1990 (in press). G. Woodworth. ''Analysis of a Y-Stratified Sample: The Georgia Charging and Sentencing Study'' in PROCEEDINGS OF THE SECOND WORKSHOP ON LAW AND JUSTICE STATISTICS. U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1983.

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