Looking Deathworthy? Perceptions Cloud Justice in Sentencing

by Anthony Sibley (AJ) on Jul 14, 2013 | Views: 167 | Score: 0
Black Defendant Appeared Less Stereotypically "Black"Black Defendant Appeared More Stereotypically "Black"
White Murder Victim24.457.5
Black Murder Victim46.645
Likelihood of Being Sentenced to Death
Percentage of Black Defendants Who Received the De
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Anthony Sibley (AJ)
Anthony Sibley (AJ) on Jul 14, 2013 5:33 PM said:

The degree to which a black defendant is perceived as "Black" in appearance, based on preconceived stereotypes, substantially affects the likelihood of that person receiving capital punishment. This trend is only present-- and significantly so-- in cases with black defendants and white victims. Additionally, the drastically lower conviction rates for those appearing "less stereotypically black" may suggest that in both instances there there existed insufficient evidence for prosecution, and yet, other influences drove many convictions of those appearing "more-stereotypically black."