Instructions for the Writing Assignment on Criminal Justice Topic

Instructions for the Writing Assignment on Criminal Justice Topic

Writing Assignment #1 (100 point value)

Course: Introduction to Criminal Justice

You will need to organize your thoughts in an essay format. For example, your essay should follow a particular format, such as, Introduction/Body/Conclusion. Extensive grammatical errors will result in reduction of points, so please edit your essay accordingly. You must cite any information that you use from other sources. You can find proper citations in APA or MLA handbooks. You must create a work-cited list and cite your sources in text as well. If you do not know how to cite sources properly, now is a good time to learn.

12 pt. font
Times New Roman
1 inch margins
Cover Page, including your name, course, & date
Length Requirements: 2-4 pages

Writing assignment due date: Tuesday, February 17, 2009. Late papers will not be accepted!!! No email submissions will be accepted.

Pick (2) criminal theories from Chapter 3, Explaining Crime, and support/ contradict the concepts of the theories and explain the main themes. Please feel free to use your personal experiences when reviewing these theories.



Author. (Date). Title of Book in Italics. City, State: Press. (Page numbers used).


Sampson, Robert J., and John H. Laub. (1993). Crime in the making: Pathways and turning points through life. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.(pp. 84-85).
Gottfredson, M. & Hirschi, T. (1990). A general theory of crime. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

In text Citations

*Gottfredson and Hirschi (1990) state that low self-control theory explains juvenile delinquency.

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