Guilty by Association: Examining the Effects of Defendant Race and Prior Record Knowledge on Jury Decision-Making
Jurors, like all members of society, possess certain implicit biases that they cannot simply abandon once they have entered the court room, and a wealth of current research explores factors that influence jury decision making, above and beyond the evidence presented or lack thereof. One well-established factor is defendant race, as minority defendants (specifically Black and Hispanic) experience higher arrest rates, higher conviction rates, and harsher sentences than their White counterparts. One possible explanation for this is the implicit assumption of criminality that individuals of all races ...
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