The Impact of Medical Resources Upon Criminally Induced Lethality: A Cross-National Assessment

Donsoo Chon, Florida State University
William Doerner, Florida State University

There is some indication that the differential distribution of medical resources affects the production of homicide rates. Proponents suggest that timely and appropriate medical intervention can influence patient survival which, in turn, determines whether the authorities classify the event as a homicide or a battery. Previous empirical examinations of this linkage suffer from imprecise operationalizations and limited generalizability. As a result, the current study assesses the viability of this perspective with cross-national data.

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