Crime control policies assignment

This assignment will help you to achieve the following course learning goals (also outlined in syllabus):

  1. Explain the strategies used by the police, the courts, the correctional system and the community in various crime control efforts.
  2. Describe and critically evaluate the justification and evidence for specific crime policies.
  3. Analyze how scientific information enters into the criminal justice policy making process.
  4. Articulate a coherent and persuasive argument for various crime and public policy strategies based on empirical research.


Now that you are nearing completion of the course, you have been introduced to past and present policies adopted by the police, the courts, legislators, correctional agencies, and the community. You have also been given the tools to critically evaluate these policies. Recall, in the course introductory assignment (Assignment 1) you were asked to provide the mayor of a large urban city with three crime control policies. For your final research paper, you are now asked to go back and evaluate your ideas. Within your paper:

  1. Evaluate each of your three policies. In doing this, you should include outside research and your knowledge gained throughout the course. Think critically about each policy. Has this policy been implemented before? Is there evidence supporting this policy? Are their unforeseen negative consequences associated with a policy? What are the strengths of the policy? For each policy- provide a clear conclusion as to whether you continue to advise the mayor to implement this policy.
  2. Provide the mayor with one additional evidence-based policy to improve crime-control within the city. This policy must be one that you did not address in your original assignment (Assignment 1), but you now believe is an effective policy for crime control. Provide outside evidence which supports your policy choice.

how to submit

  • Your assignment should include 5-7 research citations. The textbook and Wikipedia do not count as research sources. Google Scholar is a good place to start your research ( (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Often, article PDFs are provided next to the link. In addition, note that under the article there are blue options: “cited by, related articles, all versions, cite, save, and more.” These are useful tools. Specifically, the “cite” option provides an APA citation which can be helpful when making your reference list (but make sure to check this citation!). In addition, the ASU library has many resources to help you find research sources ( (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
  • Your assignment should be 3-5 pages long. The page requirement is for actual content, meaning your own writing. A cover page and/or your research references ARE NOT counted towards your page requirement
  • Your paper is expected to be typed in 12 point – Times New Roman font. Further, your paper should have 1-inch margins, be double spaced, and submitted as a Microsoft Word document.
  • Demonstrate skills in writing, organization and presentation. You must show that you understand the issue, understanding of the process and procedures, and are able to clearly articulate an evidence-based argument.