Death Sentencing and Death
Sentence Outcomes: Review
of Prior Empirical Studies
The significance of the dynamics of the relationship between the state and racial and ethnic minorities is perhaps no more obvious than in death sentence outcomes. This is because, through racial and ethnic policies (whether explicit or implicit), state institutions organize and enforce the racial and ethnic politics of everyday life.
SENTENCING: PRIOR RESEARCH
While some early studies indicate that minority defendants have received harsher sanctions, others argue that minorities have not been discriminated against by decision-makers.