The study of criminal justice and criminology has experienced tremendous growth over the last years, which is evident, in part, by the widespread popularity and increased enrollment in criminology and criminal justice departments at the undergraduate and graduate levels, both across the United States and internationally.
An evolutionary paradigmatic shift has accompanied this criminological surge in definitional, disciplinary, and pragmatic terms.
Though long identified as a leading sociological specialty area, criminology has emerged as a stand-alone discipline in its own right, one that continues to grow and is clearly here to stay.
Today, criminology remains inherently theoretical but is also far more applied in focus and thus more connected to the academic and practitioner concerns of criminal justice and related professional service fields.
See also: Domestic Violence Research Topics and School Violence Research Topics.
This week’s guide will be about criminal justice research paper topics.
This guide is for you if your institution requires you to write a criminal justice research paper.
If you are interested in and curious about the criminal justice field, then this is also for you!
The various social (e.g., poverty, neighborhood, and peer/family influences), personal (e.g., intelligence, mental illness), and demographic (e.g., age, race, gender, and immigration) realities that cause, confound, and mitigate crime and crime control are featured in Part II: Correlates of Crime.
The research papers in this section consider each correlate’s impact, both independently and in a broader social ecological context.