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CRJU 3305 Criminal Justice and Technology

CRJU 3305 Criminal Justice and Technology This assignment is a research paper. Pick a specific technology topic (below) and explore this topic in your paper with a review of the scientific literature. This paper is, essentially, a literature review, which is a summary of the research pertaining to a specific topic. You will provide a discussion of findings from past scholarly research regarding the topic of your assigned position. The literature review should address your topic in detail and only discuss information relevant to your assigned position. This paper should begin with an introduction (2-3 paragraphs). This is where you present your assigned position and provide a brief discussion of your topic. Your paper will then give a discussion of the research in greater detail in the “body” of the paper (6-7 pages).   Here, you will talk more specifically about the research and the researcher’s findings. Finally, you should provide a conclusion (1-2 paragraphs) that provides a summary of the research.

  1. Your paper should be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font. Do not add extra spaces between paragraphs. Make sure to check the spacing defaults in Word and adjust all “spaces after” to zero.
  2. Do not include a title page. Simply put your name in the upper margin of the Word document. No other header is necessary.
  3. Utilize one-inch margins all around the page.
  4. Your paper should be organized. It should follow this format: Introduction, Body, and Conclusion.
  5. Do not use bullets, outlines, or lists.
  6. Do not include pictures, graphs, tables, or any other images.
  7. Do not use pronouns such as you or I.
  8. Include page numbers in the lower right-hand corner of the page.
  9. You must include a reference page. Please use appropriate in-text citations. The reference page does not count toward your page total.
  10. Do not include direct quotes or the title of the article. Furthermore, do not use direct quotes from the articles you select.
  11. Length of paper: This assignment should be 7-8 pages long. Anything short of that will result in a significant loss of points.
  12. References: You will need to locate, identify, and discuss at least 8 different peer-reviewed, empirical journal articles.
  13. Final papers will be submitted to the “dropbox” on Brightspace (D2L). All papers must be submitted as a Microsoft Word file. Only .doc, .docx, or .rtf files will be acceptable for this assignment. Students that submit files that are not .rtf, .doc, or .docx will be asked to resubmit their paper and will be subject to a 10-point penalty.
  Topics (choose one)
  1. The use of electronic monitoring to reduce offender recidivism.
  2. The use of cameras to prevent a specific type of crime.
  3. “Hot spot” policing and crime mapping.
  4. The predictive validity of sex offender risk assessment tools.
  5. Less lethal weapons and police use of force.
  Some Tips
  1. Formatting matters. Pay attention to the specific instructions listed above. If you fail to format your paper as instructed, you will lose points.
  2. Do not ask rhetorical questions. The purpose of this paper is to provide the reader information about the topic and not to ask questions. Students often believe they are making a point by asking a question, but instead the message they are trying to convey is muddled, if not completely lost. For example, if I had written “Are rhetorical questions acceptable?” there may have been ambiguity about whether rhetorical questions are acceptable. Instead, when I write the statement “Do not ask rhetorical questions” no gray area is left and my point is crystal clear.
  In Conclusion This paper is:
  1. A professional endeavor that should be well written and organized in essay fashion.
  2. A synthesis of the information about the research topic.
  This paper is not:
  1. Your opinions about the criminal justice system, police, criminal courts, the corrections system, or the position you have selected.
  2. Written on any given criminal justice topic; that is, it must pertain to your chosen topic.

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