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How about :

"Crime: Illegal aliens as compared to American citizens, adjusted for percentage of the population"?

Or: "Drugs: Does Prohibition increase or decrease actual crime rates?".

Or: "Resolved: Gun Control Kills More Americans Than it Helps."?

Or: "Epidemic: British Gun Control Laws Responsible for the Outbreak of Violent Crimes in GB."?

The list is only limited by your imagination and the degree that the PC crowd has been able to influence you.

Naturally, you should keep in mind that in the American academe you need to tell the instructor what they want to hear...no free speech or exchange of ideas there! :evil:

I know...I went to a catholic college where we were required to study Christian Divinity courses...my instructor was a Bolshevik...when everyone else brought their four inch thick family bible to school, I brought my three dollar "study bible"...needless to say, the opinions of the "Christian" brought squeals of pain and expressions of "fear and loathing" from the instructor and her hench-men...hence, instead of the "A" I deserved (based on knowledge of the book) became a "B" because I wouldn't parrot the "party line". (We had to write a paper about several citizens we considered heroes: one of mine was Alvin York: she was livid!)

Tread carefully...do not damage your GPA (hey, if for nothing else than bragging rights and your pride! :D ).
 

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I think if you're in a master's program and asking for ideas you have a few more problems than finding a topic...
 

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no not really. just trying to cover all my bases by tapping a different resource. but thanks for your concern. obviously i'm not as intelligent as you are.
 

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OHHHHH SNAP!
I can sympathize here. If I learned one thing getting a BS is that the proffessor is always right, no matter how much sense it doesnt make. I would take heed to the philosophies of the people that will review the thesis when you end up thinking of a topic, and how you write it.
Some of these professors work solely to preach thier opinion and convince thier students of thier philosophies. Whatever the topic you choose, think of what the people reading it would like to hear.

Thats what I'm gonna do when hell freezes over and I go for my Masters.
 

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One of my favorite papers (that was actually longer then my thesis) was about White Supremacy Recruiting in the Penal System. It's an extremely interesting topic and there is tons of stuff on it. Lookup Leo Felton, he's an interesting character.
 

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You should write it on SOCIAL ENGINEERING as it relates to Police and Policing. We use it everyday and are effected by it constantly. Great officers are great social engineers.
 

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Just some broad topics, but you could write a nice paper dealing with capital punishment or the courts: good the conviction rates and effective sentences... :oops: Wait, this is Massachusetts, none of those would fly. The only people more bleeding heart liberal than politicians in the state are college professors :monkeyea:

Like DCS elluded to, God forbid you show your opinion or free exchange of ideas with a real liberal that has never had a CJ job outside of teaching...I would pick a nice cozy social topic of I were you unless you know the people reviewing the thesis aren't going to zing you for something other than their opinion.
 

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mark1079";p="56506 said:
no not really. just trying to cover all my bases by tapping a different resource. but thanks for your concern. obviously i'm not as intelligent as you are.
I have just seen so many people asking for input on paper topics on boards and they all seem to want their hands held through it or give no background of what they want to do. Trying to avoid thinking. Give some of the ideas that you have already and it may provide a better response. Constructive criticism or angles you may not have thought of.
 

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My advice is do something meaningful. Contact local pd's, probation, etc. Ask if they have any issues that they would like researched. Write your thesis and give it to them. Ask for feedback on your findings. If they implement anything based on your research, you can reference that when you go on your job search and pass it on to your Prof. This process also gets your foot into the door of an agency and gives you the much needed "contacts" and recommendations that help you secure employment.

Don't be afraid to stick your neck out, remember, this is your thesis, with no right or wrong answers. Don't just write a research paper. Make real recommendations based on your research.
 

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chief801";p="56624 said:
My advice is do something meaningful. Contact local pd's, probation, etc. Ask if they have any issues that they would like researched. Write your thesis and give it to them. Ask for feedback on your findings. If they implement anything based on your research, you can reference that when you go on your job search and pass it on to your Prof. This process also gets your foot into the door of an agency and gives you the much needed "contacts" and recommendations that help you secure employment.

Don't be afraid to stick your neck out, remember, this is your thesis, with no right or wrong answers. Don't just write a research paper. Make real recommendations based on your research.
Chief, Very good idea. I will keep that in the back of my mind for when I start my Masters soon. I would have to say there are probably alot of issues that could be researched as a result of studying local police departments. There are probably more than a few good topics within the culture of each different department. Some bad, some really bad.
 
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