Louisiana Judges Convict People More (Especially Young Black Kids) After LSU Losses

Via SB Nation:

“When LSU football loses, especially when it loses games it shouldn’t, judges across the state dish out harsher sentences to juvenile offenders, most notably black boys and girls. In a January study by LSU researchers Ozkan Eren and Naci Mocan, the pair revealed data on their university’s football team — specifically the differences between when LSU football wins or loses — over a span from 1996 to 2012. They found that judges who received their undergraduate or law degrees from LSU go through emotional, psychological shocks following “unexpected outcomes of football games” played by their alma mater. Moreover, they found unexpected losses increase sentencing length, the majority of which is borne on black juveniles.”

Messed up, but I don’t know that it’s surprising to people. The “after LSU loses” at least. Because I know that I wouldn’t want to be the guy with a traffic ticket going before an LSU booster after they get worked by Bama.

And then quite obviously, the part about locking up black youths more often than they should is a bad look regardless of the situation. Let’s stop that while we’re at it.


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