Fresh Ideas for Criminal Justice Topics for your Research Paper
Every conceivable subject that a student can major in will require some sort of paper to be written. Term papers, research papers, essays, dissertations, etc. etc. Criminal Justice is no exception to this rule; in fact, this subject requires a great deal of research and persuasive toned papers. After a while, it often becomes difficult to find fresh, new ideas for these papers. However, it is very important that you do not over use common topics and previous ideas. To help criminal justice student everywhere, here is a list of fresh ideas and topics as well as how to find more.
- The effect of the justice system on society at its implementation versus now
- Racism against criminals: reality or myth
- Gender biases in criminals versus law officers
- Criminology in specific cultures
- Victimology: what does it mean in relation to the crime itself
- Does technology play a role in today’s crimes or not?
- Where does psychopathy and mental status stand in trials?
- Crimes and religion: a connection or an easy target?
- Are men or women better at upholding the law?
These topics are only suggestions and are in no way the only or necessarily the “best” topics to use. When choosing a topic, always choose something that you are or have the potential to be very passionate about. The best papers are the ones that show true passion and a true effort.
A “fresh” idea can be one of two things; a completely new topic or a total reimagining of an old topic so that it seems new. In many cases, a totally unique perspective will make an old topic seem new again, likewise, repetition will destroy an otherwise great paper. Whatever topic you pick, whether new or old, make it your own in every way possible while keeping the integrity of the research paper. When in doubt, head to the schools library to do research on laws, crimes, famous court cases, and research papers on all things criminal justice related to garner ideas from. Remember to look for little known laws and facts, court cases that did not get a lot of media attention, and underestimated crimes. Within this wealth of information will surely be several gold nuggets of inspiration and fabulous paper topics. Dig into the very depths of the justice system and find what no one else has taken the time to find.
Criminology Questions & Topics
by David H. Kessel
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1. Is there such a thing as "victimless" crime?
2. Marijuana: should it be criminal to use it?
3. Race as a factor in the imposition of the Death Penalty
4. Victimology: sensitivity or revenge
5. The "brutalization" of the public by use of the Death Penalty
6. Pornography: is there such a thing in and of itself?
7. Pornography: is it really a "legal" matter?
8. Crime as essentially a product of the contradictions of Capitalism
9. Civil Liberties and Capitalism: any contradictions here?
10. Crime Statistics and "hidden criminality"
11. Is Criminology "gender-blind": Women and Crime (by and against)
12. Sexual harassment of women: on and off the job
13. Are men ever sexually harassed?
14. Capital Punishment: .`Myths and Realities
15. The social location of crime: its distribution
16. How lawless are businesses?
17. Teaching college courses in prison: Why and How?
18. The Media's role in reporting crime: fact or ideology?
19. The Public's perception and fear of crime: any misconceptions here?
20. Sentencing: Ideas and Issues
21. Understanding crime through literature
22. The portrayal of crime and violence on prime-time TV and/or in the movies
23. Winos/bums/street people/homeless: the response of the CJ system
24. Social Class and unemployment: relationship to crime
25. Child Abuse...why?
26. Ex offenders: labeling and employment
27. Maintaining social order: who is unruly?
28. Who is a deviant?
29. Constitutional issues and Due Process
30. The development of Modern Crirninal Law...focused on a few behaviors
31. Juveniles: where does responsibility begin?
32. Crimes of the rich and of the poor: which are more serious?
33. Gun ownership and control in America...haven't we always had it?
34. White Collar Crime: types and reactions to it.
35. The profit motive: just a way of life...or...criminal?
36. Aggression and Deviance/Crime: is aggression really deviant?
37. Criminal Careers: how are they produced?
38. Alienation of workers and crime
39. Crirninal Justice System: in whose interest is it run?
40. Problems and issues in Police Administration
41. Political Crimes in America: are uniforms used?
42. ACLU: friend or foe (and of whom)?
43. Prisons: historical development and social psychological elements
44. Is life inside a prison so completely different from life outside?
45. Categories of prisoners and their specific needs
46. Correctional Officers: recruitment, training, lifestyle, job attitudes, role conflicts, officer/inmate relations
47. Politics and Prison administration
48. The "view" from within a "cell"
49. Assumptions underlying "rehabilitation": were they ever/are they valid?
50. Social Workers and Psychologists with inmates: what relationship?
51. After imprisonment: what then?
52. Is our imprisonment system pathological?
53. Negotiated Justice: plea bargaining in "exchange-oriented" America
54. Correctional Treatment: is there anything to measure?
55. The purpose and effect of police professionalism
56. The various meanings of criminal statistics
57. Just what is recidivism?
58. The social organization of people in a prison
59. The alcoholic's "return" to society
60. Homosexuality and equal protection under the law
61. Lawyers as legislators: expertise or conflict of interest?
62. Consumer crime: social and physical harm to people
63. Organized Crime: the local political systems
64. American Justice: how much can you afford?
65. Judges: who are they, from where, and appointed by whom?
66. Prosecutors and Defense Lawyers: adversaries or coworkers?
67. Does an adversarial court system really determine truth?
68. The practice of law as a confidence game
69. Police brutality and corruption: can we trust "in-house" control?
70. Has Miranda (reading of rights) really hindered the police?
71. Is it okay to break the law to uphold the law?
72. Does Crime pay: what and to whom?
73. Pretrial and Trial publicity: the media's role
74. Do inmates give up all their rights when incarcerated?
75. Is all criminality deviant?
76. What would our society look like if it actually eliminated all crime?
77. Can we generalize about who's committing crime on the basis of who's been caught?
78. Is any activity MALA EN SE (bad in and of itself)?
79. Is crime an evil which exists in spite of the law?
80. Who makes criminal law?
81. Are there class differences in criminal behavior?
82. Are more men criminal than women?
83. Why do some people challenge the criminal law?
84. Are we a nation "of laws" or "of men (human)"?
85. What does the way a society responds to crime tell us about that society and its values...and about where that society sets its priorities?
86. Is crime a social as well as legal conception...something to be studied rather than merely assumed?
87. Whose "order" or "stability" is disturbed by "crime"?
88. Should the subject matter of Criminology be limited to the existing legal conceptions of crime?
89. Is our image of crime part of the "problem of crime"?
90. Are criminal activities any different in principle, than socalled honest business activities?
91. Could we not ask whether or not our Criminal Justice Systems very existence is JUST, rather than merely if there is justice IN it?
92. What would a "just" system look like?
93. Is our CJ System based on unequal treatment for un-equals and equal treatment for equals?
94. To what extent is public opinion about crime the "result" of the authorities rather than their "guide"?
95. To what extent do the police have an interest in maintaining either a high or low rate of crime?
96. Do correctional officers and prison administrators have a conflict of interest concerning rehabilitation?
97. Is "behavior modification" overused in prisons and other "treatment" programs?
98. Are "conditions" causes?
99. Is there such a thing as "free will"?
100. What other questions need to be asked which aren�t on this list?