Race and Death Sentencing in Florida and Illinois: Some Recenmt Findings

Michael Radelet, University of Florida
Glen Pierce, Northeastern University

In this paper, we will present the results from two ongoing projects that examine the relationship between victim's race, defendant's race, and death sentencing. The first project updates the work that we did in Florida, which examined race and death sentencing patterns through 1987. This work, funded by the Florida Bar, will focus on death sentencing from January 1, 1998 through December 31, 2000. The second project uses data from Illinois. This study is being conducted for a special commission to study the death penalty that was named by Governor George Ryan when he announced a moratorium on executions in Illinois in January, 2000. In this project, we use data from the Supplemental Homicide Reports, the Illinois Department of Corrections, and an extensive data base on Chicago homicides developed by the Chicago Police Department.

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