Policing Politics

For this assignment, you will research a policy subject relating to state government.

Select a policy area by reading one of the policy chapters at the end of the textbook: education, crime, healthcare, or the environment. Select a specific topic of interest. You must compare at least three states and how each state is addressing this policy problem. Your paper must include at least ten reputable sources.  Click this link to know which sources are credible.

Your paper needs an introduction, stating the research question and summarize the policy topic (in general). The body of the paper should synthesize the sources you have used to research your topic with proper in-text citations (you may use any style, Chicago, APA, etc.). Compare the policy decisions of at least three states and how the policy problem is addressed and how it is working (objective information only here). Finish with a conclusion and any further research you think is needed in this area. You must include a full bibliography at the end of your paper (this page is not included in the minimum page count).

Use direct quotes sparingly. All parts of the analysis should be in your words. Grammar, spelling, and awkward sentences will all cause point deductions. So, EDIT! Read your paper out loud. You can find many mistakes that way.

The research project is 5-7 pages (this does not include the bibliography page). Please use 12-point type, Times New Roman font, and double-space. NO COVER PAGE, please.

You are required to submit your writing assignment electronically through CANVAS by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 3rd. NO EXCEPTIONS. Any paper handed in late will automatically lose 50% of the grade. Any paper handed in more than 24 hours late without an approved documented excuse will be a zero. The assignment is worth 20% of your final grade.


Research Project Rubric

Research Project Rubric
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeResearch Question   10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMinimum of five credible sources   20 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSummary of Research   30 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConclusion/Future Research   20 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammar/Spelling   10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeProper Citation   10 pts
Total Points: 100




Topic: The State Politics of Policing and Prosecution

For my paper I would like to write about the politics that center Policing and Prosecuting crime and the differences seen between the democratic and republican states as to draw clear distinction on how these may be handled at the city, county and state levels.