Michigan State Professor Finds Racial Disparity in Military Death Sentences

Research conducted by Catherine Grosso, an associate professor of law at Michigan State University in East Lansing, has found that Blacks and other minorities in the military are twice as likely to be sentenced to death than Whites. The study included research on murders of military personnel from 1984 to 2005. The study showed that of the 16 men who have been sentenced to death, 10 are minorities.

“If race is on the table, if it puts a thumb on the scale, that’s injustice,” Professor Grosso said. “These findings speak for themselves. They reflect how the military criminal justice system is operating, and it can do better.”

The research is published in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.


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