Looking for a theme for a criminal justice or sociology research paper? Searching for an interesting topic that’s fairly easy to write about? Want something that won’t bore your professor? Here are a few ideas for a research paper or presentation for a criminal justice class.
Is Life Without Parole a Fair Sentence for all Juveniles?
This is definitely a very intriguing topic. You can discuss the crimes of juveniles who have been sentenced to life without parole. You can then discuss if you think a life without parole sentence is fair considering their age and the crime. One case that you might want to use is the Sarah Kruzan case. She murdered her pimp and rapist at the age of 16. She was sentenced to life without parole at the age of 16. You can start by watching a Youtube video discussing her case here or search on Yahoo for “Sarah Kruzan”.
Is there gender bias in our court system?
This research paper will compare several court cases and the criminal’s sentence and discuss a possible gender bias. One case to consider using is the case of Mary Winkler, who killed her husband in 2006. She only spent seven months in custody. (Search for “Mark Winkler” for more details.) Many people would argue, had the roles been reversed, the husband would have gotten life in prison.
What are the benefits of teen courts on young offenders?
In this criminal justice paper, you will define and discuss the impact of teen courts. A teen who has committed a crime goes before a jury consisting of other teens. The teens decide on his/her sentence which could be community service, classes, serving on the teen jury and more. You can read more about teen courts in Texas here.
How can work release programs benefit inmates?
A fourth topic to consider is work release programs. You can discuss how these programs can benefit the offender, the offender’s families, and our society in general. You might point out, that if an offender is able to keep his or her job, he/she will be less likely to apply for welfare when getting out of jail.
What is post incarceration syndrome?
This research paper will discuss post incarceration syndrome. Google “post incarceration syndrome” for more details. To get some first-hand personal experience from family members of prisoners, you might check out the forums at www.prisontalk.org.
The key to writing a great paper is to choose a topic that truly interests you. Good Luck!