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Psychol Sci. 2006 May;17(5):383-6.

Looking deathworthy: perceived stereotypicality of Black defendants predicts capital-sentencing outcomes.

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Department of Psychology, Stanford University, CA 94305, USA.


Researchers previously have investigated the role of race in capital sentencing, and in particular, whether the race of the defendant or victim influences the likelihood of a death sentence. In the present study, we examined whether the likelihood of being sentenced to death is influenced by the degree to which a Black defendant is perceived to have a stereotypically Black appearance. Controlling for a wide array of factors, we found that in cases involving a White victim, the more stereotypically Black a defendant is perceived to be, the more likely that person is to be sentenced to death.

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