criminal justice policy paper

A policy paper is a critical analysis of an important societal issue or problem that involves the research and development of a defensible plan – a policy proposal for solving the problem by formulating workable strategies for implement a new plan.

 

 

 

After reading Walker’s book, Sense and Nonsense you are to write a 5 page, double spaced abbreviated policy proposal on a criminal justice issue/problem of your choosing. Your paper should follow the following structure:

 

 

 

Title of your Policy Paper

 

 

 

Statement of the Problem

 

 

 

  • What is the specific problem – define it
  • Provide the reader with background information about the social problem
  • What are the historical background issues related to this problem
  • Why is it an important issue that needs to be addressed
  • What evidence is there that suggest a change in policy is needed
  • What are the major causes of the problem

 

 

 

Current Policy

 

 

 

  • What are the current policies/programs
  • Why haven’t those policies/programs solved, or alleviated the problem(s)
  • What are the major flaws or limitations of the current policy

     

 

Policy Recommendations/Action Plan

 

(In this section of your paper formulate an effective policy proposal that is practical and feasible – tell us why your proposal will work)

 

 

 

  • What are your specific policy recommendations
  • How does your policy solve the problem, better than current policies
  • What research/evidence can you offer that your proposal will work

 

  • What are the most critical obstacles to implementing your proposal – i.e., financial, ethical, or political
  • Why might policy makers oppose or embrace your proposal

 

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