By CODY WORSHAM
Tiger Rag Editor
Are you a juvenile pondering criminal activity?
Wait until next week. Especially if you’re black.
Louisiana judges dole out harsher sentences following unexpected losses by LSU’s football team, two university researchers revealed in a paper this week.
LSU economics professors Ozkan Eren and Naci Mocan studied Louisiana judges from 1996 to 2012 and discovered “unexpected losses increase disposition (sentence) lengths assigned by judges during the week following the game,” according to a draft of “Emotional Judges and Unlucky Juveniles.”
It gets worse.
“The effects of these emotional shocks are asymmetrically borne by black defendants,” they write.
According to their research, spanning sentences from 1996 to 2012, “an upset loss increases the (sentencing) length by about 46 days for black defendants, which translates into an increase in sentence severity by almost 9 percent. The impact of an upset loss for white defendants is about one-sixth as large (about 8 days) and statistically not different from zero.”