Every great research paper starts with a good topic, but it's not always so easy to come up with one.
While you should always work within the scope of the assignment, these tips can help you find a topic that works for you:
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and criminal justice policies can vary at the federal, state, and local levels in the United States. Additionally, the implementation and impact of these policies can differ across jurisdictions.
Keywords are simple words or phrases that sum up your topic, and can usually be pulled from your research question.
Simply eliminate those words and concepts that have no meaning, when on their own (How, does, the, etc.), and you're usually left with 2-3 good keywords to use in your research.
To find information on a topic, you would use one or more of your keywords to search for sources (books, media, articles, etc.) in the library's online catalog or databases.