Law – criminal capstone assignment rough draft | CRJ422 | Ashford University

Prior to beginning work on this assignment read Chapter 6: Tracking Ideas and Sources from the text, and begin to research the ideas that you outlined in Week 2, using the University of Arizona Global Campus Library. You may also use any relevant sources that you found for your Week 1 Annotated Bibliography assignment.

This week you will build on the outline you created in Week 2. Think of this assignment draft as an abbreviated version of your assignment; it does not need to be a complete Capstone assignment Consider your rough draft a “mini-Capstone assignment” that will prepare you to create your comprehensive Capstone assignment in Week 5.

Write a short paragraph for each of the points in your outline, Integrating ResearchLinks to an external site. to support these ideas. Add a short introductory paragraph, Writing a Thesis StatementLinks to an external site. at the beginning of your outline.

As you begin development of this assignment, check out the Writing Center’s source Writing a Links to an external site.. It breaks down the entire process as well as provides links to other sources that will help you. Visit the University of Arizona Global Campus Library to review the Criminal Justice Research GuideLinks to an external site. which may help in your research. You may also find the University of Arizona Global Campus Library Quick N’ DirtyLinks to an external site. tutorial, The Research ProcessLinks to an external site. tutorial, and the Advanced Search TechniquesLinks to an external site. tip sheet helpful as you conduct your research. As you conduct your research, the University of Arizona Global Campus Library also provides the RefWorks tool that will help you organize your research, create APA reference entries and citations, and more. Creating a RefWorks AccountLinks to an external site. will assist you in creating an account in order to start using the tool. 

After submitting your draft, you will receive feedback on this assignment from your instructor in Week 4. Based on the instructor feedback that you receive, you will expand, revise, and edit your assignment to create your final Capstone assignment in Week 5.

In your assignment,

  • Revise your thesis statement that you created in Weeks 1 and 2, which identifies your social and criminal justice issue.
    • Incorporate any feedback that you received regarding your thesis statement from your instructor.
  • Summarize your chosen social and criminal justice issue.
    • Describe what makes this an issue. 
    • Provide data to show how this issue has made an impact on society.
    • Explain which social justice principles need to be addressed and why.
    • Detail the cultural and diversity issues present in your chosen social and criminal justice problem.
    • Describe how addressing your chosen issue contributes to the goal of a more just society.
  • Analyze the empirical research on your chosen topic. 
    • You may use your Week 1 Annotated Bibliography to complete this section of the assignment.
  • Propose a possible resolution to your chosen social and criminal justice issue.
    • Evaluate which branches of the criminal justice system are impacted/involved and how they either help or hinder the issue. 
    • Analyze how the criminal and social justice theories (in relation to the United States Constitution) and landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions impact your chosen issue and support your resolution.
    • Examine how the judiciary, corrections, and law enforcement systems address social equality, solidarity, human rights, and overall fairness for all and how these essential concepts impact your issue and resolution.
    • Evaluate how poverty, racism, religion and other sociocultural variables may apply to contemporary social and criminal justice by drawing information among the fields of, but not limited to, criminology, law, philosophy, psychology, science, and sociology.

The Capstone assignment Rough Draft, 

  • Must be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length (not including title and references pages and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA StyleLinks to an external site.
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of assignment
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Name of the University
    • Date submitted
  • Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic VoiceLinks to an external site. resource for additional guidance.
  • Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
  • Must use at least five scholarly and/or credible sources in addition to the textbook.
  • Must document any information used from sources in APA style as outlined in the Writing Center’s Citing Within Your PaperLinks to an external site.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Writing Center. See the Formatting Your References ListLinks to an external site. resource in the Writing Center for specifications.

Carefully review the Grading RubricLinks to an external site. for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

I very much appreciated the bullet points included in the outline, as that is exactly what an outline is to be.  This allows me to see where those bullet points will be developed in detail in the final paper. Some additional information I might be looking for would include statistics to illustrate some of those disparities.   (Traffic stops, arrest, sentencing etc).

When it comes to your proposal we need to be very specific as to the steps you are advocating for that are not what we are already seeing today.  You mentioned training and community involvement in your thesis and I would recommend you include specifics.  What type of training and to whom?  Would it be federally mandated and tracked as a way to keep funding etc?  How do you propose getting the community involved and what does that look like?

I was pleased to see you address a Supreme Court case and would ask you to include theories there as well.  Some areas to explore with theories could be associated with racial profiling…me thinking aloud here. 

Please review and let me know if you have questions.  A best practice for your rough draft and final paper would be the use of subheadings.  There would be one subheading associated with each and every rubric.  This would allow both of us to see you methodically addressing each point and ensures maximum earning potential. 

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