Capital Sentencing in the American States After Furman

Valerie West, New York University
David F. Greenberg, New York University

ABSTRACT
Recent years have seenb major advances in understanding the influence of social, political and economic conditions on imprisonment policy. We extend this body of research by examining whether the mechanisms that influence imprisonment also influence capital sentencing. Our analysis considers variation across American states in the use of the death penalty following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Furman v. Georgia.

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