On April 14, 2004, Marc Mauer presented the Fifteenth Annual Walter C. Reckless Memorial Lecture at The Ohio State University. The Reckless Lecture, organized and sponsored by the Criminal Justice Research Center, is published each year in the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. The lecture is named after Walter Cade Reckless, a pioneer in American criminology and corrections, whose academic career spanned sixteen years at Vanderbilt University and three decades at The Ohio State University.
Homicides involving white victims are significantly more likely to be "cleared" by the arrest of a suspect than homicides involving victims of color, causing racial disparities in capital sentencing to begin as early as police investigations. Learn more in Race & Justice News.