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Charging and Sentencing of Murder and Voluntary Manslaughter Cases in Georgia, 1973-1979

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data, and event/transaction data
  • Baldus, David C.
  • Woodworth, George
  • Pulaski, Charles A.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation. Law and Social Sciences Program
  • Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
Free Keywords
manslaughter; murder; racial discrimination; sentencing
  • Abstract

    These data were collected to assess the levels of racial discrimination and arbitrariness occurring at different levels within Georgia's capital charging and sentencing system. Data cover approximately 1,000 murder and voluntary manslaughter cases. Information was obtained for all known penalty trial cases and for certain cases stratified by case type (voluntary manslaughter conviction, nonpenalty trial life sentence, and penalty trial) and by state judicial circuit. Numerous measures of defendant blameworthiness were developed as a basis for assessing levels of arbitrariness and discrimination in the capital charging and sentencing system. Variables include race, sex, and socioeconomic class, as well as crime codes, jury/bench decisions, final plea, term, and number of counts convicted.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1973-03 / 1979-12
    Time period: 1973-03--1979-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Georgia
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Defendants convicted of murder or voluntary manslaughter in Georgia between March 1973 and December 1979.
Stratified probability sample including all known sentence and penalty trial cases.
Collection Mode
  • The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

2001-12-14 The documentation for this collection was converted to PDF and the SAS data definition statements were reformatted. Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation. Law and Social Sciences Program (SES 8209449). Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9264 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09264.v1
  • Williams, Marian R., Demuth, Stephen, Holcomb, Jefferson E.. Understanding the influence of victim gender in death penalty cases: The importance of victim race, sex-related victimization, and jury decision making. Criminology.45, (4), 865-891.2007.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.2007.00095.x (DOI)
  • Baldus, David C., Woodworth, George, Pulaski, Charles A.. Law and statistics in conflict: Reflections on McCleskey v. Kemp. Handbook of Psychology and Law.New York: Springer-Verlag. 1992.
  • Baldus, David C., Woodworth, George, Pulaski, Charles A.. Equal Justice and the Death Penalty: A Legal and Empirical Analysis. Boston: Northeastern University Press. 1990.
  • Woodworth, G.. Analysis of a Y-stratified sample: The Georgia Charging and Sentencing Study. Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Law and Justice Statistics.Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 1983.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Baldus, David C.; Woodworth, George; Pulaski, Charles A. (1989): Charging and Sentencing of Murder and Voluntary Manslaughter Cases in Georgia, 1973-1979. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.