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POLS 4900: Data and the Politics of Criminal Justice

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The Written Assignment

You are a consultant/researcher and were recently hired by Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS) to give policy recommendations on their community-supervised offenders. They are particularly interested in the topic RECIDIVISM. Like many criminal justice agencies, they are interested in reducing recidivism. More specifically, how they can increase successful completion among their supervised offenders.

DCS provided you with a dataset of individualized community-supervised offenders information (see data and variables list). You will analyze the dataset and produce a research paper that contains recommendations on how to reduce recidivism and successfully integrate more reentry offenders into the community.

In no more than 8 double-spaced pages, please identify and review the major studies that have examined your topic in the past. What are their methodological strengths and weaknesses? How does your research build from these studies and fill the gap in the literature? In other words, how does your study contribute to the current knowledge of the subject? It should include all relevant findings from credible sources, such as academic books and peer-reviewed journal articles. The literature review should lead to your thesis statement and be followed by the major hypotheses that your study will test (You can always review your hypothesis later)

Writing a Literature Review