research a current issue around race, class, and/or gender and crime in the context of one sector of U.S. Criminal Justice System (CJS) processes (e.g., law enforcement, courts, corrections).

Brainstorming points: news coverage around examples of high-profile cases of: hate crimes, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, wrongful convictions and exonerations, racial profiling, mass shootings, nonviolent drug offenses, social movements, white collar crimes, traffic laws, police violence, etc. The role of race, class, and/or gender comes into play when thinking about disproportionate risk, victimization, treatment of victims/treatment of offenders by law enforcement, in court, or in corrections, etc.Examples of News Sources: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Washington Post, BBC, The Economist, The New Yorker, Reuters, The Associated Press, The Atlantic, Bloomberg News, CNN, USA Today, TIME, National Public Radio, regional sourcesExamples of Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed Journals: Criminology & Criminal Justice, Criminology, Criminal Justice & Behavior, Crime & Delinquency, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Violence Against Women, Feminist Criminology, Race and Justice, Social Forces, International Criminal Justice Review, Law & Society Review, American Sociological ReviewFormat: Your research paper should be 5-6 pages (not including title page or references), double-spaced, Times New Roman Font Size 12, normal 1-inch margins.
What to Include In The Paper:A clear statement of the problem and scope of the issue.This introductory section should be 1-2 paragraphs and should incorporate information from news sources and scholarly sources. This statement should provide the reader with a clear understanding of what your paper will focus on (e.g., race/class/gender or a combination, what type of crime/crime control, and the connections you intend to make).You are encouraged to include multiple news examples around a common theme, rather than a single event, to strengthen your analysis.Fact Check: Background Information on Intersections and CrimeDraw from at least five (5) scholarly sources (and your textbook) for this section of the paper. Use proper APA format for in-text citations. Be sure to include a list of your references at the end of your paper.Explain in your own words the role of race, class, and/or gender in crime (Be sure to elaborate on this as it relates to your paper topic).Identify and describe the crime type and aspect of the criminal justice system that you are exploring in your research.The purpose of this section of the paper is to provide the reader with an in-depth understanding of your paper topic. This section should be at least 2-3 paragraphs.Critical Thinking: Making Connections (So What?)This is the ‘meat’ of your paper. Think about how you would explain this paper topic to a friend, or family member. Showcase your critical thinking skills by explaining to the reader why this matters. Think about how your topic (e.g., risk, victimization, treatment of victims or offenders) is disproportionate compared to other identities, the implications of this.Draw connections between race, class, and/or gender and the aspect of crime control you chose to demonstrate how the criminal justice system may perpetuate inequality or injustice.This section of the paper should be at least 2-3 paragraphs.A brief comparison of sourcesWhat are the advantages and disadvantages of using popular news sources and high-profile cases to understand the role of race/class/gender in the context of the crime and CJS sector your paper focuses on? If you identify biases, what are alternative viewpoints?What are the advantages and disadvantages of using scholarly sources to understand the role of race/class/gender in the context of the crime and CJS sector your paper focuses on?In what ways do these two sources complement each other in expanding your understanding of race, class, gender, and crime?This section should be about 1 paragraph.ConclusionThis section should tie your paper together for the reader. Briefly summarize the key points of the paper, and suggest opportunities for future research, activism, and policy. Now that you have identified aspects of our criminal justice system that contribute to inequality and injustice, what steps can be taken to move towards equality and justice? This section should be about 1 paragraph.