Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Juvenile justice and LSU football losses don't mix

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2016 at 12:30 PM

MOMENTS LIKE THESE: Razorbacks cheer winning performance against LSU. But the news probably wasn't good for juvenile offenders in Louisiana.
  • MOMENTS LIKE THESE: Razorbacks cheer winning performance against LSU. But the news probably wasn't good for juvenile offenders in Louisiana.

Think Progress offers this stunner
:

In a study titled “Emotional Judges and Unlucky Juveniles,” Ozkan Eren and Naci Mocan, researches at the National Bureau of Economic Research, found that after LSU football suffered an upset loss, judges in Louisiana routinely doled out harsher sentences to juveniles.

These longer sentences disproportionately impacted black offenders.

Black juveniles received an extra 46 days of sentencing after an unexpected loss, an increase of almost nine percent. Meanwhile, white juveniles received an additional eight days.

The correlation was even stronger if the judge received an undergraduate degree from LSU. In that case, the sentences were 74 days longer than usual.
Anyone care to run the numbers in Arkansas?

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