Crime, Law, and the Future


The Final Paper:


Must be eight- to ten- double-spaced pages in length (excluding title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style


Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.


Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.

Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.


Must include, on the final page, a Reference page that is completed according to APA style


Must include at least five outside, scholarly sources in addition to the textbook.

For this paper you need to do research in peer-reviewed journals or other journals that are considered to have reliable information (do not use sources from the secular press, i.e. Time, Newsweek, Parents Today).  In addition to the textbook, you need at least five outside, scholarly articles from professional scholarly journals and not necessarily popular Internet sites (if you do find something on the World Wide Web, it must be authored and be a reliable source).



Academic Research

Academic research and papers must meet certain standards of quality recognized by the academic community.  What constitutes quality, academic research?

  • Primary sources written by experts in the field of study
  • Secondary sources supported by research in primary sources
  • Credible sources (experts in the area of study)
  • Relevant research (materials are pertinent to the area of study)
  • In graduate work, the use of peer-reviewed journal article (journal articles reviewed by recognized expers in the relevant field of study) is required.
  • Educational websites may be appropriate in some cases but should be evaluated carefully.

ProQuest is a good source.


What sources are not acceptable for academic research and referencing? 

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Wikipedia, other wikis, or blogs Web-sites and other sources that do not provide quality researched materials (site does not use credible sources to support the information in the document. All research must be documented according to APA standards (see guidelines for avoiding plagiarism) and reflect professional, academic protocol.



In this paper we will explore the idea of crime. What is crime? Where, when, why, and how does crime happen?  When crime does happen, what types of criminal laws are in place to deal with criminals. Finally, when a person is accused of a crime, what kind of constitutional rights are provided by the U.S. Constitution for the accused? These are questions that we will explore in this paper and hopefully give you more of an insight into the criminal law processes.