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Theses/dissertations from 2024 2024.

Sociocultural Factors, Definitions, and Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence Among Latina and Hispanic Women , Vanessa Centelles

Theses/Dissertations from 2023 2023

Efficacy of Online Social Movements for Sparking Change: The Case of the Missing Murdered and Indigenous Women Movement (#MMIW) , Kacy A. Bleeker

An Examination of Racial Disparities in Arrest Across Florida Counties, 1998-2018: A Test of the Racial Threat and Political Representation Hypotheses , Xavier D. Burch

The Invisible Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Boys and Their Barriers to Access to Services , Amanda L. Connella

Damned & Damned: Examining Vexatious Litigation and the Vexatious Litigant Statute in Florida Courts , Sarah L. Harper

The Contributions of Mental Health Issues, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Adverse Childhood Experiences to Recidivism Among Rural Jail Incarcerees , Lauren N. Miley

Assessing the Relationship Between True Crime Documentary and Podcast Consumption, Fear of Crime, and Protective Behaviors , Lauren A. Tremblay

Police Officers’ Perceptions of Gunshot Detection Technology , Courtney L. Weber

Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022

A Macro Social Examination of the Relationship Between Disabilities and Crime Using Neighborhood and County Level Data , Natasha A. Baloch

Racial Differences in Perceptions of Sanction Severity , Sarah L. Franklin

Juvenile Homicide Offenders: A Life-Course Perspective , Norair Khachatryan

Exploring the Effectiveness of a Life-Skills Program in a Florida Prison Through a Social Bond and General Strain Theory Perspective , Danielle M. Thomas

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

Clean Water for All: Examining Safe Drinking Water Act Violations of Water Systems and Community Characteristics , Junghwan Bae

Morality and Offender Decision-Making: Testing the Empirical Relationship and Examining Methodological Implications , Jacquelyn Burckley

The Ring of Gyges 2.0: How Anonymity Providing Behaviors Affect Willingness to Participate in Online Deviance , Cassandra E. Dodge

A Macro Analysis of Illegal Hunting and Fishing Across Texas Counties: Using an Economic Structural Approach , Leo J. Genco Jr.

Self-Protection in Cyberspace: Assessing the Processual Relationship Between Thoughtfully Reflective Decision Making, Protection Motivation Theory, Cyber Hygiene, and Victimization , C. Jordan Howell

Racial Threat Theory: A Test of the Economic Threat Hypothesis , Carl L. Reeds

Online Perceptions of Panamanian Prisons and Incarcerated persons: An analysis of YouTube user comments , Mahaleth J. Sotelo

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

Toxic Colonialism and Green Victimization of Native Americans: An Examination of the Genocidal Impacts of Uranium Mining , Averi R. Fegadel

Cross-National Incarceration Rates as Behavior of Law , Christopher J. Marier

The Effects of Perceived Motivations and Mental Distress on the Likelihood of Reporting and Engaging in Self-Protective Measures Among Victims of Stalking , Daniela Oramas Mora

Mental Health and In-Prison Experiences: Examining Socioeconomic and Sex Differences in the Effect of Mental Illness on Institutional Misconduct and Disciplinary Segregation , Rachel E. Severson

Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019

Dating Application Facilitated Victimization: An Examination of Lifestyle-Routine Activities, Self-Control, and Self-Efficacy , Vanessa Centelles

Social Constructionism and Cultivation Theory in Development of the Juvenile “Super-Predator” , Elizabeth R. Jackson-Cruz

Bystander Intervention, Victimization, and Routine Activities Theory: An Examination of Feminist Routine Activities Theory in Cyber Space , Jennifer A. Leili

Sexual Assault and Robbery Disclosure: An Examination of Black’s Theory of the Behavior of Law , Caitlyn N. Muniz

Mass Shootings and Gun Sales: A Study on the Influence of Red and Blue Power , Maria Jose Rozo Osuna

A Multi-dimensional Macrolevel Study of Drug Enforcement Strategies, Heroin Prices, and Heroin Consumption Rates , Alexander G. Toth

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

The Impact of a Religious/Spiritual Turning Point on Desistance: A Lifecourse Assessment of Racial/Ethnic Differences , Rhissa Briones Robinson

Political Decisions on Police Expenditures: Examining the Potential Relationship Between Political Structure, Police Expenditures and the Volume of Crime Across US States , Xavier D. Burch

Identifying the Personal and Perceived Organizational Characteristics Associated with Job Satisfaction Among Juvenile Probation Staff , Julie M. Krupa

The Role of Organizational Justice in Predicting Attitudes Toward Body-Worn Cameras in Police Officers , Nathaniel L. Lawshe

Yet Another Ferguson Effect: An Exploratory Content Analysis of News Stories on Police Brutality and Deadly Force Before and After the Killing of Michael Brown , Carl Root

The Role of Race/Ethnicity and Risk Assessment on Juvenile Case Outcomes , Tayler N. Shreve

Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

Intimate Partner Violence and the Capacity and Desire for Self-Control , Krista Taralynne Brewer

School Shootings in the United States from 1997 to 2012: A Content Analysis of Media Coverage , Victoria N. Iannuzzi

Chronic Runaway Youth: A Gender-Based Analysis , Michelle N. Jeanis

A Test of Wikström’s Situational Action Theory Using Self-Report Data on Intimate Partner Violence , Lauren Nicole Miley

An Exploratory Study of Macro-Social Correlates of Online Property Crime , Hyojong Song

Female Incarceration and Prison Social Order: An Examination of Gender Differences in Prison Misconduct and In-Prison Punishments , Elisa L. Toman

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Their Role as Mitigators for Youthful and Non-Youthful Offenders in Capital Sentencing Cases , Jessica R. Trapassi

Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016

Disinhibition, Violence Exposure, and Delinquency: A Test of How Self-Control Affects the Impact of Exposure to Violence , Wyatt Brown

The Guilty But Mentally Ill Verdict: Assessing the Impact of Informing Jurors of Verdict Consequences , Erin Elizabeth Cotrone

The Relationship between Psychopathic Personality Traits and Lying , Jason A. Dobrow

Delving into the Heart of Victimization Risk: Examining the Interactive Relationship between Demographic Factors and Context , Amy Sheena Eggers

A Power Conflict Approach to Animal Cruelty: Examining How Economic Power Influences the Creation of Animal Cruelty Laws , Leonard J. Genco

The Role of Gender in Self-Control and Intimate Partner Violence , Laura Marie Gulledge

The Restrictive Deterrent Effect of Warning Banners in a Compromised Computer System , Christian Jordan-Michael Howell

Tactics of Sexual Control and Negative Health Outcomes , Anna Elizabeth Kleppe

The Applicability of Criminology to Terrorism Studies: An Exploratory Study of ISIS Supporters in the United States , Amanda Marie Sharp Parker

The Path to Violent Behavior: The Harmful Aftermath of Childhood Trauma , Nicholas Michael Perez

The Effects of Racial Bias on Perceptions of Intimate Partner Violence Scenarios , Batya Yisraela Rubenstein

Theses/Dissertations from 2015 2015

Reel or Reality? The Portrayal of Prostitution in Major Motion Pictures , Raleigh Blasdell

Psychopathy and Perception of Vulnerability , Barbara Joyce Dinkins

Effect of Empathy on Death Penalty Support in Relation to the Racial Divide and Gender Gap , Brian Godcharles

Exploring the Interactive Effects of Social Learning Theory and Psychopathy on Serious Juvenile Delinquency , Brandy Barenna Henderson

Tampa Electric Company's Big Bend Utility Plant in Hillsborough County, Florida: A Case Study , Lynne M. Hodalski-Champagne

Thirty Year Follow-Up of Juvenile Homicide Offenders , Norair Khachatryan

Organized Crime in Insurance Fraud: An Empirical Analysis of Staged Automobile Accident Rings , Chris Longino

The Role of Social Support in the Disclosure and Recovery Process of Rape Victims , Jessica Nicole Mitchell

Evaluating the Social Control of Banking Crimes: An Examination of Anti-Money Laundering Deficiencies and Industry Success , Erin M. Mulligan

Elite Deviance, Organized Crime, and Homicide: A Cross-National Quantitative Analysis , Carol L.s. Trent

An Evaluation of the Utah First District Mental Health Court: Gauging the Efficacy of Diverting Offenders Suffering With Serious Mental Illness , Stephen Guy VanGeem

Rape, Race, and Capital Punishment in North Carolina: A Qualitative Approach to Examining an Enduring Cultural Legacy , Douglas Wholl

Theses/Dissertations from 2014 2014

The Tattoo: A Mark of Subversion, Deviance, or Mainstream Self-Expression? , Jocelyn Camacho

Juvenile and Adult Involvement in Double Parricide and Familicide in the U.S.: An Empirical Analysis of 20 Years of Data , Averi Rebekah Fegadel

Predicting Successful Drug Court Graduation: Exploring Demographic and Psychosocial Factors among Medication-Assisted Drug Court Treatment Clients , Autumn Michelle Frei

Experimentally Evaluating Statistical Patterns of Offending Typology For Burglary: A Replication Study , Lance Edwin Gilmore

Developmental Trajectories of Physical Aggression and Nonaggressive Rule-Breaking among At-risk Males and Females during Late Childhood and Early Adolescence , Eugena Givens

Predicting Fear of Crime using a Multilevel and Multi-Model Approach: A Study in Hillsborough County , Jonathan Maskaly

Public Knowledge and Sentiments about Elite Deviance , Cedric Michel

The Influence of Community Context on Social Control: A Multi-Level Examination of the Relationship between Race/Ethnicity, Drug Offending, and Juvenile Court Outcomes , Jennifer Peck

Theses/Dissertations from 2013 2013

Assessing the Relationship Between Hotspots of Lead and Hotspots of Crime , Kimberly L. Barrett

A Life-Course Approach to Sexual Offending: Examining the Continuity of Juvenile Sexual Offending into Adulthood and Subsequent Patterns of Recidivism , Maude Beaudry-Cyr

Examining the link between self-control and misconduct in a multi-agency sample of police supervisors: A test of two theories , Christopher Matthew Donner

The Impact of Hyperfemininity on Explicit and Implicit Blame Assignment and Police Reporting of Alcohol Facilitated Rape in a Sample of College Women , Sarah Ehlke

Rurality and Intimate Partner Homicide: Exploring the Relationship between Place, Social Structure, and Femicide in North Carolina , Amelia Kirkland

Self-Control, Attitudinal Beliefs, and White-Collar Crime Intentions , Melissa Anne Lugo

Zero Tolerance for Marginal Populations: Examining Neoliberal Social Controls in American Schools , Brian Gregory Sellers

State-Corporate Crime in the Democratic Republic of Congo , Veronica Jane Winters

Theses/Dissertations from 2012 2012

The Walls Are Closing In: Comparing Property Crime Victimization Risk In Gated And Non-Gated Communities , Nicholas Branic

What Propels Sexual Homicide Offenders? Testing an Integrated Theory of Social Learning and Routine Activities Theories , Heng Choon Chan

A Deadly Way of Doing Business: A Case Study of Corporate Crime in the Coal Mining Industry , Charles Nickolas Stickeler

Deconstructing the "Power and Control Motive": Developing and Assessing the Measurability of Internal Power , Shelly Marie Wagers

Theses/Dissertations from 2011 2011

Assessing racial differences in offending trajectories: A life-course view of the race-crime relationship , Michael S. Caudy

Mental Health Courts Effectiveness in Reducing Recidivism and Improving Clinical Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis , Brittany Cross

General Strain Theory and Juvenile Delinquency: A Cross-Cultural Study , Wen-Hsu Lin

General Strain Theory, Race, and Delinquency , Jennifer Peck

Developmental Trajectories of Self-Control: Assessing the Stability Hypothesis , James Vance Ray

Explaining the "Female Victim Effect" in Capital Sentencing Decisions: A Case for Sex-Specific Models of Capital Sentencing Research , Tara N. Richards

A Multilevel Model of Police Corruption: Anomie, Decoupling, and Moral Disengagement , Ruth Zschoche

Theses/Dissertations from 2010 2010

The Emotional Guardianship of Foreign-Born and Native-Born Hispanic Youth and Its Effect on Violent Victimization , Amy Sheena Eggers

The Influence of Narcissism and Self-Control on Reactive Aggression , Melissa L. Harrison

Is There an "Innocent Female Victim" Effect in Capital Punishment Sentencing? , Amelia Lane Kirkland

An Analysis of the Influence of Sampling Methods on Estimation of Drug Use Prevalence and Patterns Among Arrestees in the United States: Implications for Research and Policy , Janine Kremling

A Pathway to Child Sex Trafficking in Prostitution: The Impact of Strain and Risk-Inflating Responses , Joan A. Reid

Victimization Among Individuals With Low Self-Control: Effects on Fear Versus Perceived Risk of Crime , Casey Williams

Theses/Dissertations from 2009 2009

Domestic Violence Within Law Enforcement Families: The Link Between Traditional Police Subculture and Domestic Violence Among Police , Lindsey Blumenstein

Rape Attitudes and Beliefs: A Replication Study , Rhissa Emily Briones

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Theses/dissertations from 2023 2023.

The Risk of Protection: Examining the Contextual Effects of Child Protective Services on Child Maltreatment Fatalities in the U.S. , Cosette Morgan McCullough

Family Mass Murder: An Exploratory Study Of The Role Of Arson , Rachel Rori Rodriguez Spradley

Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022

Too Feminine for Execution?: Gender Stereotypes and the Media’s Portrayal of Women Sentenced to Death , Kelsey M. Collins

Juveniles, Transferred Juveniles, and the Impact of a Criminal Record on Employment Prospects in Adulthood: An Experimental Study , Joanna Daou

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

Why So Long? Examining the Nexus Between Case Complexity and Delay in Florida’s Death Penalty System , Corey Daniel Burton

The Criminalization of HIV and HIV Stigma , Deanna Cann

Views of Substance Use During Pregnancy: Social Responses to the Issue , Taylor Ruddy

The Spatial Variability of Crime: A Review of Methodological Choice, Proposed Models, and Methods for Illustrating the Phenomenon , Matthew D. Spencer

Community Corrections Officer Decision-Making: An Intersectional Analysis , Amber Leigh Williams Wilson

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

The Utility of Using Virtue Locales to Explain Criminogenic Environments , Hunter Max Boehme

Fostering Resilience in Correctional Officers , Jon Thomas Arthur Gist

The Impact of Race/Ethnicity on Sentencing: A Matching Approach , Travis Jones

Unraveling the Temporal Aspects of Victimization: The Reciprocal, Additive, and Cumulative Effects of Direct/Vicarious Victimization on Crime , Yeoju Park

Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019

Media Influence on College Students' Perceptions of the Police , Matilda Foster

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Ohio's Certificate of Relief , Peter Leasure

Trends in the Prevalence of Arrest for Intimate Partner Violence Using the National Crime Victimization Survey , Tara E. Martin

Reading Between the Lines: An Intersectional Media Analysis of Female Sex Offenders in Florida Newspapers , Toniqua C. Mikell

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

The Short-Term Self-Control Stability of College Students , Nicholas James Blasco

Developmental Patterns of Religiosity in Relation to Criminal Trajectories among Serious Offenders across Adolescence and Young Adulthood , Siying Guo

Local Incarceration As Social Control: A National Analysis Of Social, Economic, And Political Determinants Of Jail Use In The United States , Heather M. Ouellette

Association Between Perception Of Police Prejudice Against Minorities And Juvenile Delinquency , Kwang Hyun Ra

A Quasi-Experimental Analysis Of School-Based Situational Crime Prevention Measures , Gary Zhang

Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

Sex Offender Policies that Spin the Revolving Door: An Exploration of the Relationships Between Residence Restrictions, Homelessness, and Recidivism , Deanna Cann

Untangling the Interconnected Relationships between Alcohol Use, Employment, and Offending , Margaret M. Chrusciel

Inmate Time Utilization And Well-Being , Mateja Vuk

Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016

The Socio-Legal Construction Of Adolescent Criminality: Examining Race, Community, And Contextual Factors Through The Lens Of Focal Concerns , Patrick Glen Lowery

The Impact Of Deinstitutionalization On Murders Of Law Enforcement Officers , Xueyi Xing

Theses/Dissertations from 2015 2015

Relationships Between Law Enforcement Officer-Involved Vehicle Collisions And Other Police Behaviors , John Andrew Hansen

In the Eye of the Beholder: Exploring the Dialogic Approach to Police Legitimacy , Justin Nix

Criminology on Crimes Against Humanity: A North Korean Case Study , Megan Alyssa Novak

General Strain Theory and Bullying Victimization: Do Parental Support and Control Alleviate the Negative Effects of Bullying , Jonathon Thompson

Theses/Dissertations from 2014 2014

Adultification in Juvenile Corrections: A Comparison of Juvenile and Adult Officers , Riane Miller Bolin

Perception of Police in Public Housing Communities , Taylor Brickley

Neighborhood Disorganization and Police Decision-Making in the New York City Police Department , Allison Carter

The Impact of Race on Strickland Claims in Federal Courts in the South , Wyatt Gibson

Lead Exposure and Crime , Tara Elaine Martin


Theses/Dissertations from 2013 2013

Policing Alcohol and Related Crimes On Campus , Andrea Nicole Allen

Gender and Programming: A Comparison of Program Availability and Participation in U.S. Prisons for Men and Women , Courtney A. Crittenden

Assessing the Impact of the Court Response to Domestic Violence in Two Neighboring Counties , Gillian Mira Pinchevsky

Theses/Dissertations from 2012 2012

Criminal Sentencing In the Court Communities of South Carolina: An Examination of offender, Judge, and County Characteristics , Rhys Hester

Examining the Effects of Religiosity and Religious Environments On Inmate Misconduct , Benjamin Dane Meade

Theses/Dissertations from 2011 2011

Criminologists' Opinions On Correctional Rehabilitation , Heather M. Ouellette

Theses/Dissertations from 2010 2010

A Qualitative Analysis of the Etiology, Manifestation, and Institutional Responses to Self-Injurious Behaviors in Prison , Steven Doty

Theses/Dissertations from 2002 2002

The Effects of Administrative Factors on Police Officer Job Performance , Irick Anthony Geary Jr.

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Theses/dissertations from 2023 2023.

Do Frameworks Matter? Testing the Framing Effect on Public Support for Prison Pell Grants , Natalie Miles Burke

Community Supervision: Perspectives of Probation and Parole Officers and Supervisors on Key Supervision Approaches and Policy Changes , Asianna Nelson

Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022

Examining Probation Lengths in Philadelphia, PA , Madeline Grace Davis

A Walk in the Park: A Spatial Analysis of Crime and Portland Parks , Cheyenne Pamela Hodgen

Testing the LS/CMI for Predictive Accuracy: Does Age Matter? , Sandra Stephanie Lawlor

A Day Late and a Dollar Short: Examining Perceptions of Which Exonerees Deserve Compensation , Alexandra Pauline Olson

The Effect of Peer Relationships and Cyberbullying Victimization on Young Adults' Propensity to Cyberbully , Taaj Weraphorn Orr

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

Identifying the Cost of Preventable Chronic Disease in Prison: Can Illness Prevention of Adults in Custody Save Money? , Molly Bineham

Is More Always Better? A Look at Visitation and Recidivism , Teriin Lee

Open Crime Maps: How Are Police Departments Doing So Far? , Khaing Sandee Lynn

Incarceration and Suicide: Do the Risk Factors Differ for Civilians and Veterans? , Rheannon Gail Ramsey

Marijuana-related Crime in Oregon Following Legalization of Recreational Use , Ana Alicia Soto

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

A Systematic Content Analysis of the Justice Reinvestment Programs Across Oregon Counties , Lorena Ambriz

Juveniles in the Interrogation Room: Defense Attorneys as a Protective Factor , Caitlin Noelle August

Time Series Analysis Evaluating Mortality Rates and the Differences of How States Investigate Deaths , Jordan M. Bruhn

Intimate Partner Violence Risk Assessment: the Additive Value of Victim Reported Risk , Jennifer Joanne Johnson

Correctional Quackery: a Study of Program Availability and Inmate Assaults in Adult Correctional Facilities , Casey Jay Legere

Identifying Typologies of Failure to Appear , Ciara McGlynn

Understanding Fare Evasion Defendant Compliance: an Assessment of Criminal Records , Nataly Nunez Vasquez

Crime Risk near Reported Homeless Encampments: a Spatial Analysis , Kortney Lynn Russell

Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019

Spatial Analysis of Burglary and Robbery Crime Concentration Near Mass-Transit in Portland , Bryce Edward Barthuly

An Evaluation of Clackamas County's Transition Center Using Propensity Score Modeling , Alicia de Jong McKay

Situational Context of Police Use of Deadly Force: a Comparison of Black and White Subjects of Fatal Police Shootings , Shana Lynn Meaney Ruess

Effects of Regulation Intensity on Marijuana Black Market After Legalization , Sikang Song

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

An Assessment of Sentencing Disparities among American Indians within the Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Federal Circuit Courts , Makenzie Laron Aaby

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Justice Reinvestment Legislation in Oregon: Analyses of State and County Implementation , Christopher Wade Dollar

The Influence of Information on Public Support for Solitary Confinement: a Test of Belief Updating and Confirmation Bias , Kayla J. LaBranche

An Experimental Study on the Impact of Informal Rape Myth Education to Alter Rape Myth Acceptance Scores in a Non-Student Sample , Leah Noelle Reddy

Anti-LGB Hate Crimes: Political Threat or Political Legitimization? , Johanna R. Shreve

Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

Policing in an Era of Sousveillance: the Influence of Video Footage on Perceptions of Legitimacy , Megan Elizabeth Mohler

Theses/Dissertations from 2014 2014

Beyond Black and White: An Examination of Afrocentric Facial Features and Sex in Criminal Sentencing , Amanda Mae Petersen

Theses/Dissertations from 2013 2013

Bringing Functional Family Probation Services to the Community: A Qualitative Case Study , Denise Lynmarie Austin

Theses/Dissertations from 2012 2012

Drowning In It: State Crime and Refugee Deaths in the Borderlands , Brandy Marie Cochrane

The Influence of Parental Gender on the Type of Communication between Incarcerated Parents and Their Children , Sarah Renee Lazzari

Child Welfare and Delinquency: Examining Differences in First-Time Referrals of Crossover Youth within the Juvenile Justice System , Courtney Nicole Shrifter

Theses/Dissertations from 2011 2011

Identifying Victims of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in a Juvenile Custody Setting , Jonathan Dickinson Dabney

Campus Sexual Assault: How Oregon University System Schools Respond , Michael William Murphy

The Prevalence and Predictive Nature of Victimization, Substance Abuse & Mental Health on Recidivism: A Comparative Longitudinal Examination of Male and Female Oregon Department of Corrections Inmates , Anastacia Konstantinos Papadopulos

Social and Human Capital: Contributing Effects of Incarceration on Neighborhoods , Jacqueline Victoria Swofford

Theses/Dissertations from 2010 2010

An Empirical Assessment of the CAN SPAM Act , Alex Conrad Kigerl

Theses/Dissertations from 2002 2002

Discrimination and Nepotism within Police Specialty Units , Robert Norvell Hollins III

Theses/Dissertations from 2000 2000

An Evaluation of Recidivism Rates for Resolutions Northwest's Victim-Offender Mediation Program , Karin Jewel Stone

Theses/Dissertations from 1997 1997

An Historical Perspective of Oregon's and Portland's Political and Social Atmosphere in Relation to the Legal Justice System as it Pertained to Minorities: With Specific Reference to State Laws, City Ordinances, and Arrest and Court Records During the Period -- 1840-1895 , Clarinèr Freeman Boston

Law Enforcement Attitudes toward the 1989 Oregon Firearms Law and Gun Control , Andrew Schneiderman

Theses/Dissertations from 1996 1996

An Exploratory Inquiry into Community Policing Using Focus Groups: Perspectives from Social Service Providers , Tanya Leigh Ostrogorsky

Theses/Dissertations from 1995 1995

An Assessment of the Impact of Intimate Victim-Offender Relationship on Sentencing in Serious Assault Cases , Laura J. Hickman

Indigent v. Non-Indigent Sex Offenders: An Analysis of Sentencing in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties, Oregon , Dorelei Victoria Linder

The Portland Public School Police: Formative Years - 1937 to 1953 , Natalie Anne Woods

Theses/Dissertations from 1993 1993

Police Stress: A Literature Study on Police Occupational Stressors and the Responses in Police Officers to Stressful Job Events , Katarina Ahlstrom Mannheimer

Theses/Dissertations from 1992 1992

Race, aggravated murder, and the death sentence in Multnomah County, Oregon, 1984-1990 : a descriptive analysis and review , Patrick Arthur Jolley

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Affording a meaningful opportunity of release: legal representation of juvenile lifers.

Assessing deterrence in the FBI's Safe Streets gang initiative: a social network approach.

Autistic and at-risk: the public and personal safety of children with autism spectrum disorders.

Background justice: the political context of adolescent legal socialization.

Bureaucracy and law: a study of Chinese criminal courts and social media.

Clearances, cameras, and community violence: police outcomes in an organizational and community context.

College students and the illicit use of prescription drugs: a test of general strain theory.

A comparison of the individual-, county-, and state-level correlates of homicide and mass murder

Contextualizing the political economy of juvenile court decision-making

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Theses/Dissertations from 2024 2024

An Exploratory Study of Flora Poaching in Central Appalachia , McKinley Bowers

An Exploratory Study of the Southern Subculture of Honor in East Tennessee , Rachel Cohen

An Examination of Police Response to Individuals Suffering with Mental Illness , Aliss Copsey

Beyond the Screen: Understanding College Students’ Perspectives on Cyberstalking , Gabrielle Jackson

Exploring Knowledge and Perceptions of Nursing Students: A Quantitative Study on Sexual Assault and Sex Trafficking Awareness , Isabella Marino

Patterns of the Use and Perception of Cannabis among College Students in Tennessee , Jayla Ruffus-Milner

Theses/Dissertations from 2023 2023

The Impact of ACEs on College Students and Their Major Choice , Britten Harrison

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

Public Perceptions on Domestic Sex Trafficking and Domestic Sex Trafficking Victims: A Quantitative Analysis , Faith Browder

Evaluating the Influences of Domestic Violence Training on the Attitudes and Perceptions of Police Recruits at the East Tennessee Regional Law Enforcement Academy , Jeffrey T. Gazzo Mr.

The American and Swedish Criminal Justice System: A Comparative Study , Josefin Hedstrom

Perceived Stress Among Police and Correctional Officers , Travis D. Hill

Political Competition and Predictors of Hate Crime: A County-level Analysis , Eaven Holder

Examining the Relationship between Offending Behaviors of Adult Male Offenders and the Social Bonds of Attachment and Commitment , Josie Klepper

Police Perceptions on False Accusations of Sexual Assault , Danielle Ostrander

Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

Do Juvenile Offenders Hold to the Child Saving Mentality? The Results from a Survey of Juvenile Offenders Placed on Court Mandated Juvenile Probation , Katelynn R. Adams

Law Enforcement Officers’ Perceptions in Regard to Sex Offenders, SORN, and Residency Restrictions Laws , Maria Aparcero-Suero

Exploring the Social Trend of Household Computer Ownership in Affecting the United States 1990's Crime Drop , Alison Kimberley Bogar

Environmental Factors and School Disorder: The Role of Urbanicty , Brandon S. Coffey

Is Prison Why I’m sick? Examining Health Conditions Among Minority Males Within Correctional Facilities , Mary Hannah Hughes

The Effects of Employment on Recidivism Among Delinquent Juveniles , Leigh Kassem

A Content Analysis of Media Accounts of Death Penalty and Life Without Parole Cases , Lisa R. Kirk

Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016

Policing Postsecondary Education: University Police Legitimacy and Fear of Crime on Campus , Christina N. Barker

Testing Specific Deterrence In The National Basketball Association: An Application Of Beccaria's Theory Of Deterrence , Michael McCutcheon

The Forgotten Signature: An Observational Study on Policy of Securing Identity in Prevention of Identity Theft and Credit/Debit Card Fraud at Retail Store POS Terminals , Belinda R. Wilson

Theses/Dissertations from 2015 2015

Social Disorganization, Extra-Curricular Activities, and Delinquency , Robyn G. Dougherty Ms.

The Effects of Gender, Race, and Age on Judicial Sentencing Decisions , April Miller

Assessing Victim Blame: Intersections of Rape Victim Race, Gender, and Ethnicity , Kirsten A. Piatak

Youth Bullying: From Traditional Bullying Perpetration to Cyberbullying Perpetration and the Role of Gender , Erica D. Sizemore

Theses/Dissertations from 2014 2014

Police Attitudes about Citizens with Handgun Carry Permits , Bonson F. Cook Jr.

Heavy Drinking Behaviors and Parental Influence Among Greek Affiliated College Students , Melodie Harris

When Women Kill , Giovanna C. Lima

Theses/Dissertations from 2013 2013

Race, Social Disorganization and Delinquency , Alina Bazyler

To Conform or Not to Conform: An Examination of the Effects of Mock Jury Deliberation on Individual Jurors , Ashley S. Bowser

Examining Juvenile Delinquency Contributors through Life-Course and Strain Theory , Caitlin E. Burns

Media Influences and Student Attitudes Toward Law Enforcement Figures Within Northeast Tennessee , George T. Ford IV

A Study of Surveillance and Privacy Rights , Jesse T. Kittle Mr.

How Psychology’s Empirical Results Can Benefit the Criminal Justice System: Expert Testimony , Ford C. McCurry

The Effects of Family Structure on Juvenile Delinquency , Alisha B. Parks

Police Militarization: Attitudes Towards the Militarization of the American Police , Phillip T. Wyrick

Theses/Dissertations from 2012 2012

Reflex of Avoidance in Spatial Restrictions for Signatures and Handwritten Entries , Linde Christine Rush Burkey

Public Perceptions Regarding Sex Offenders and Sex Offender Management , Jessica Duncan

An Analysis of Restorative Justice in Vermont: Assessing the Relationships Between the Attitudes of Citizens and the Practices of the Department of Corrections , Dustin Robert Melbardis

Childhood Factors Affecting Aggressive Behaviors , Nicole Danielle Waddell

Theses/Dissertations from 2011 2011

Race and Anomie: A Comparison of Crime Among Rural Whites and Urban Blacks Based on Social Structural Conditions. , Mical Dominique Carter

Substance Abuse and Mental Disorders Among State and Federal Prison Inmates. , John Richard Haggerty

An Analysis of The Handwriting of Elderly Chinese Subjects. , Dongfang Liu

Identifying Interventions That Work in Juvenile Justice: An Analysis of the Moral Kombat Program. , Thelma Deneen McGowan

Psychopathy and Gender of Serial Killers: A Comparison Using the PCL-R. , Chasity Shalon Norris

The Effects of Domestic Violence: The Male Victims Perspective. , RaMon B. Younger

Theses/Dissertations from 2010 2010

Examination of the Death Penalty: Public Opinion of a Northeast Tennessee University Student Sample. , Kyle Aaron Burgason

Wrongful Convictions as a Result of Public Defender Representation. , Annie Elizabeth Ross

An Analysis of Monitoring the Future: A Look at the Relationship between Juvenile Delinquency and Involvement in School. , Thomas Theodore Zawisza

Theses/Dissertations from 2009 2009

Examining Orders of Protection: An Analysis of the Court System in a Rural Tennessee County. , Jaclyn Anderson

An Exploratory Analysis of the Psychological Dimensions of Airline Security and Correlates of Perceived Terrorism Threats: A Study of Active American Airlines Pilots. , Paul Martin Borowsky

An Examination of Patterns and Trends of Prescription Drug Abuse Among Adolescents. , Maggie Marie Orender

A Social Control Based Analysis of the Effect of Community Context upon Self Reported Delinquency Rates. , Jacqueline Marie Parlier

The Formation of "Outsider" Through Labeling and Sentence Lengths for Immigrants of Hispanic Descent. , Jeremy Jason Smith

Eyewitness Recall of Noncriminal Events: An Examination of Demographic Characteristics with a Selected Population. , Jessica R. VanEaton

Predicting Views of Sex Offenders and Sex Offender Policies Through Life Experiences. , Vanessa Hatch Woodward

Theses/Dissertations from 2008 2008

College Student Vulnerability to Harmful Religious Groups Based on Perceptions. , Kevin Clark Dreher

Forensic Gunshot Residue Distance Determination Testing Using Identical Make and Model Handguns and Different Ammunitions. , Stanley Keith Hodges

Police Stress: An Examination of the Effects of Stress and Coping Strategies. , Derrick Kenwright

Local Law Enforcement's Counter Terrorism Capabilities. , J. Ryan Presnell

Predicting Behavior from Psychopathic and Antisocial Personality Traits in a Student Sample. , Maryann Stone

Theses/Dissertations from 2007 2007

Adolescents and Marijuana Use: The Affects of Peer and Parent Relationships and Substance Abuse Education. , Samuel Joseph Cosimano

Media: Effects on Attitudes toward Police and Fear of Criminal Victimization. , Bradley Edwards

Juveniles Adjudicated in Adult Court: The Effects of Age, Gender, Race, Previous Convictions, and Severity of Crime on Sentencing Decisions. , Ashley Michelle Holbrook

Examining Significant Differences of Gunshot Residue Patterns Using Same Make and Model of Firearms in Forensic Distance Determination Tests. , Heather Lewey

Racial Profiling and Policing in North Carolina: Reality or Rhetoric? , Randal J. Sluss

Analysis of Selected Correlates of Spouse Abuse and the Policy Implications for the Criminal Justice System. , Marlys Kay Tester

Cinema, Race, and Justice: A Qualitative Analysis of Selected Themes. , Katherine Clay Thompson

Theses/Dissertations from 2006 2006

An Examination of the Prison Environment: An Analysis of Inmate Concerns across Eight Environmental Dimensions. , Andrew Ryan Bradford

Improving Parent and Teen Conflict Resolution Skills: Evaluating the Effectiveness of the "Family Reunion" Crisis Intervention Program. , Carrie Davis Marchant

Bullying Behavior in Middle School: The Effects of Gender, Grade Level, Family Relationships, and Vicarious Victimization on Self-Esteem and Attitudes of Bullying. , Jennifer Mongold

The Relationship between Tobacco, Alcohol, and Marijuana Use among Teenagers. , John Donald Rose

Theses/Dissertations from 2005 2005

A Qualitative Study: Gendered Perceptions of Bullying among Adolescents at a Boys and Girls Club. , Beverly Small Chandley

Intimate Violence: The Effects of Family, Threatened Egotism, and Reciprocity. , Jessica Lynne Holt

Satisfaction with Police Services among Residents of Washington County, Tennessee: A Survey of Citizens' Attitudes and Opinions. , Russell Jamerson

The Effect of Early Childhood Attachment on Delinquency and Behavior and the Continuance into Adulthood. , Cyndi Sheree Nichols

Juvenile Commitment Rate: The Effects of Gender, Race, Parents, and School. , Mitchell Andrew Thompson

Theses/Dissertations from 2004 2004

Justice for All?: Victim Satisfaction with Restorative Justice Conferences. , Sarah Anne Behtz

Juveniles' Attitudes toward the Police as Affected by Prior Victimization. , Joshua A. Hardin

Marijuana Use by Juveniles: The Effects of Peers, Parents Race, & Drug Abuse Resistance Education. , Daniel J. Moeser

Theses/Dissertations from 2003 2003

Oleoresin Capsicum: an Analysis of the Implementation of Pepper Spray into the Law Enforcement Use of Force Continuum in a Selected Police Department. , Lydia Denise Adkins

The Combined Effects of Criminal Justice Intervention on Domestic Violence: A Re-Analysis of the Minneapolis Intervention Project. , Nadia A. Bebawy

Using the Survey of Inmates of State and Federal Correctional Facilities to Compare Female and Male Inmate Characteristics. , Jacqueline Anita Black

Police Officers' Perception of the Validity of the General Theory of Crime. , William Jaison Giesler

The Effect of Prior Consensual Sex between the Victim and the Offender on the Prosecutor's Decision to File Charges in Sexual Assault Cases. , Kimberly Brooke Hollifield

Satisfaction with Police Services among Residents of Elizabethton, Tennessee. , Kelly Brooke Mullins

Misguided Instructions: Do Jurors Accurately Understand the Law in Death Penalty Trials? , Chasity Anne Stoots-Fonberg

Theses/Dissertations from 2002 2002

Role of Police, Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys in Traffic Accident Investigation and Adjudication in Chattanooga, Tennessee. , Karen L. Beisel

Athletic Participation: A Test of Learning and Neutralization Theories. , Mario Bernard Hankerson

Theses/Dissertations from 2001 2001

An Examination of Juvenile Delinquency and Victimization Using an Integrated Model Approach. , Kimberly Dawn Dodson

Involvement in Sports and Engagement in Delinquency: An Examination of Hirschi's Social Bond Theory. , Randy Hass

Characteristics of Recidivism among Intensive and Regular Probationers. , Jennifer Joseph

The Effects of Higher Education on Police Officers' Attitudes toward Personnel Issues, Public Relations and Crime Fighting. , Steven Matthew O'Quinn

Parents, Peers, and Developmental Trajectories toward Crime. , Kimberly A. Verhegge

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A thesis statement clearly identifies the topic being discussed, includes the points discussed in the paper, and is written for a specific audience. Your thesis statement belongs at the end of your first paragraph, also known as your introduction. Use it to generate interest in your topic and encourage your audience to continue reading. 

A strong thesis statement covers a well-defined and well-studied area of research, is focused, clear and simple, manageable, consistent with assignment requirements, and of interest to you. Your thesis statement should:

  • state the literature review's subject, the focused topic that you are discussing
  • state the essay's purpose, either to give your readers information or to persuade your readers to agree with you
  • include a focus, your assertion that conveys your point of view
  • use specific language, avoiding vague words and generalizations

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A broad topic has literally thousands of articles on it, and you won't be able to adequately cover it in your paper. It will be far easier for you to research and write your paper if you develop a strong, focused thesis statement:

Do some exploratory research  on your topic idea, in your course textbook, class notes, and Summon to identify specific issues, arguments, and analytical approaches in your research area and then identify possible relationships between them. 

Ask yourself questions  about your topic idea. What concepts, issues, or other aspects of this topic interest you? What have people said about it? What gaps, contradictions, or concerns arise as you learn more about it? What relationships are there between different aspects of the topic?

Focus your topic:   Use the information from your exploratory research to identify a few of the specific aspects that interest you and then use the questions you had about those to create your focused research question.

Choose a current topic:  Your goal is to summarize and evaluate current findings of an area of research. Pick a research topic about which articles are continuing to be published. Avoid defunct or little-known areas of research. 

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Exit Through the Giftshop: Claims-making and the Construction of a Countercultural Brand , Cecil McGlynn

“In the Eyes of the State”: The Construction of LGBTQIA+ Individuals in India , Suman Mondal

Shifting Blame and Gendered Differences: A News Media Study of the Characterization of Police Sexual Violence , Brittany Nieman

Mainstream Media Portrayal of Banishment and Nation-Imposed Punishment , Keely Ormond

Theses/Dissertations from 2023 2023

Empathy in Police Officers Undergoing De-escalation Simulation Training: A Comparison Between Virtual Reality and Live Action Modalities , Jacqueline Kohl


Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022

Divest or Disband?: A Social Problems Game Analysis of Canadian Media Coverage of 2020's Defund the Police Movement , Nicholas Fappiano

Paper Gangsters: White Collar and Corporate Crime on Film , Jacob Kavoukis

Loose Coupling, Burden Shuffling, and Pervasive Penality: The Role of Bylaw Enforcement in Managing Homelessness , Natasha Martino

Parental Incarceration and Stigma: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Children's Books , Samantha Nguyen

An Analysis of Collective Efficacy as a Predictor of Gun Violence in Toronto , Carly Richards

Fifth-Dimensional Warfare and National Security in Canada: Situating Microdeviation Theory Within C-59: An Act Respecting National Security Matters , Hayden Slight

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021



What is Canada Doing? An Analysis of Canadian University Sexual Violence Policies , Konnor Legault

Policing and Fatherhood Identities: A Gendered Analysis of the Work and Home Experiences of Police Fathers Before and During COVID-19 , Danielle Thompson

Exploring the Perspectives of Service Providers Who Assist Men Subjected to Intimate Partner Violence , Abigail White

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

Risk Factors Related to School Shootings , Best Anaele

Constructions of Sympathy: A Media Discourse Analysis of Detained Children and Youth in Canada , Lauren Ashby



A Threat Assessment of Radicalized Extremist Right-Wing White Nationalist Subcultures in Canada: A Social Media Analysis , Dylon Groom

More than Just a Rapper: Mainstream and Alternative Media’s Depiction of Nipsey Hussle , Jonathan Hazlewood



Concussions in Minor League Hockey Players: The Impact of Rowan’s Law on Coaches , Niya St Amant


Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019

The Social Arena of Mental Health Act Apprehensions: An Examination of Partnership between Police and Hospital Services , Amanda Boyd

The Use of Public Consultation to Construct Sex Work Related Policies , Ryan Horan

Parents who kill: Media constructions of male and female filicide cases , Mary McCluskey


The Examination of News Media Representation of Indigenous Murder Victims in Canada: A Case Study of Colten Boushie’s Death , Latasha VanEvery

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

Attending to the Needs of Inuit Inmates in Canada: Exploring the Perceptions of Correctional Officers and Nunavut Officials , Kosta H. Barka

Police Use of Twitter: 21st Century Community Policing , Nicole Coomber

Securitizing Schooling: Post-Secondary Campuses as Security Projects , Andrea Corradi

Criminal Heroes in Television: Exploring Moral Ambiguity in Law and Justice , Amy Henry


Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

Loose Coupling and Defining Deviance Down: Correctional Officers’ Perceptions of Organizational Responses to Mental Health and Well-being. , Victoria M. Baker


Using Social Disorganization Theory to Explore Neighbourhood Effects on Violent Crime: A Case Study of the City of Brantford, Ontario , Ni-Shan Ho

Exploring the Pluralization of Community Safety: A Qualitative Analysis of the Perceived Operation and Implications of Situation Tables , Taylor Knipe

Correctional Officers "Through the Looking Glass": Understanding Perceptions and their Impact on Personal and Professional Identity , Emma Mistry

Meeting the Needs of Victims: An Examination of Victims' Coping Strategies and Victim Services in Canada , Jenniffer Olenewa

BASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS: Surveillance, Fear and Crime Control in Found-Footage Horror Films , Cassandra Persaud

“Serial killers are interesting, they’re not heroes”: Moral boundaries, identity management, and emotional work within an online community , Michael Spychaj

"It ain't easy being on the streets": Understanding the Needs of Street-Involved Youth in Southern Ontario through a Client-Centred Approach , Samantha Danielle Styczynski

Exploring Police Officers' Perceptions of Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Teams Within a Nodal Policing Framework , Trevor Viersen

Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016

You Will Be Punished: Media Depictions of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women , Caitlin Elliott

Pregnancy, birth, and mothering behind bars: A case study of one woman's journey through the Ontario criminal justice and jail systems , Sarah Fiander

Policing and the Dirty Underbelly: Understanding Narratives of Police Deviance on Social Media Platforms , Amanda Lancia


Twerking, Alcohol, and Fame: The Construction of Disney Celebrities in the Media , Carla R. López

Investigative Inadequacies or Investigative Corruption? Exploring the Role of Police Misconduct within Canadian Wrongful Conviction Cases , Michelle L. Lovegrove

No More Mind Games: Content Analysis of In-Game Commentary of the National Football League’s Concussion Problem , Jeffrey Parker

Theses/Dissertations from 2015 2015

Critical Champions or Careless Condemners? Exploring News Media Constructions in Cases of Wrongful Conviction , Katherine Rozad

Exploring Interactions Between Police and People with Mental Illness , Krystle L. Shore Ms.

Police on Camera: The Impact of Watching User-Generated Police Videos on Students’ Attitudes towards the Police , Daniel N. Smith

Hunting for 'Paper Gangsters': An Institutional Analysis of Intelligence-led Policing in a Canadian Context , Crystal Weston

Theses/Dissertations from 2014 2014

Fight the Dead, Fear the Living: Post-Apocalyptic Narratives of Fear, Governance and Social Control , Samantha Lynn Kolpin

A Side of Justice Rarely Seen: Professional Perspectives Toward Youth Justice and Sentencing Procedures in the Exploratory Context of Canada and Russia , Serge Lokshin M.A.


Policing Diversity with Diversity: Exploring Organizational Rhetoric, Myth, and Minority Police Officers' Perceptions and Experiences , Justin K. Szeto

Juror Perceptions of Eyewitness Identification Evidence , Timothy G. Wykes

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Theses (or dissertations as they are sometimes called) are the product of extended independent research by students. They may be produced at undergraduate level (e.g. 3rd year Capstone projects), and are nearly always a feature of postgraduate research from Master's through to Ph.D. level.

Books offering guidance on  how to write  a thesis can be found at LB 2369 on floor 5 of the Albert Sloman Library.

Students often need to consult theses for various reasons, including:

  • checking the style and presentation of good past dissertations from their department
  • making sure that they are not repeating research already undertaken
  • using theses on a similar topic to gain useful information and/or references

University of Essex Research Repository  - contains digitised versions of theses submitted after 30 September 2016.

Essex Criminology theses  can be found in the following locations:

Sociology Study Centre - print copies of dissertations submitted up to 2018 are available in the Sociology Study Centre (5A.307). These are all undergraduate (2.1 and 1st) and Master's dissertations. Submissions from 2018 onwards are available to access digitally, with a request to the Department's Study Support Manager. Please go to the Study Centre Moodle page, where there is further information on the Dissertation Library . For help and advice on finding suitable examples, please email: [email protected]  

Albert Sloman Library - the University Library at Colchester holds print copies of all Essex Criminology M.Phil. and Ph.D. dissertations up to 30 September 2016. They are listed in the catalogue, and must be consulted in the Library. To search by department type the keywords: essex thesis sociology

University of Essex Research Repository  - contains digitised versions of theses submitted after 30 September 2016. These are also listed in the library catalogue

To search for dissertations from  other universities in the UK and beyond , there are a couple of very useful databases:  

EThOS  offers access to digitised UK doctoral theses

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses  lists North American & UK theses (with some coverage of other countries):

  • EThOS EThOS aims to provide a 'single point of access' where researchers the world over can access all theses produced by UK Higher Education. The database can be searched by anyone, but individual users need to register to get access to the full text of theses. Many theses are free to download instantly, whilst others will only be available once digitisation has been requested. The hub automatically harvests e-theses from Institutional Repositories and digitises paper theses from participating institutions to offer the single point of access. Many UK institutions support Open Access to their theses, so download of their digital and digitised theses is free to the researcher. A small number of participating institutions may not be able to offer Open Access and in this case the researcher may have to pay for the digitisation. Where a thesis must be digitised before supply, you can expect a short delay. However, you will be informed when the thesis is ready for collection and you can then log on to the system and download it.
  • ProQuest dissertations and theses ProQuest Dissertations and Theses: Global (PQDTGlobal) is the world's most comprehensive collection of full-text dissertations and theses. As the official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress and as the database of record for graduate research, PQDTGlobal includes millions of searchable citations to dissertations and theses from 1861 to the present day together with over a million full-text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. Over 2.1 million titles are available for purchase as printed copies. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full-text coverage for older graduate works. It also includes PQDT UK & Ireland content. More than 70,000 new full-text dissertations and theses are added to the database each year through dissertations publishing partnerships with 700 leading academic institutions worldwide, and collaborative retrospective digitization of dissertations. Full-text dissertations are archived as submitted by the degree-granting institution. Some will be native PDF, some PDF image. Each dissertation published since July, 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master's theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts. Simple bibliographic citations are available for dissertations dating from 1637. Where available, PQDTGlobal provides 24-page previews of dissertations and theses. Note: Full text for certain publications is subject to market availability more... less... Shibboleth login

There are also many portals to  open access dissertations . NDLTD maintains a pretty comprehensive & up to date list of national portals around the world:

  • NDLTD Digital Theses Portals Useful listing of national e-theses portals

Global search engines for digital theses include the following:

  • CRL Dissertations details of over 800 000 non-US dissertations held by the CRL from mid-19th century onwards
  • Ebsco Open Dissertations over 800 000 open access dissertations worldwide
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Many  regions and countries  also have portals to electronic theses. Examples include:

Africa  -  Database of African Theses and Dissertations (DATAD)

Australia  -  Trove

Brazil  -  Biblioteca Digital Brasileira de Teses e Dissertacoes (BDTD)

Canada  -  Theses Canada Portal

Europe  -  DART-Europe

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Germany  -  Dissonline

Greece  -  National Archive of PhD Theses

Hong Kong  -  Hong Kong University Theses Online

India  -  Shodhganga

Japan  -  National Diet Library doctoral dissertations

Netherlands  -  NARCIS  

Russia & CIS  -  Dissertation CIS

Scandinavia  -  DiVA  (the Academic Archive Online)

South Africa  -  National ETD Portal

Spain  -  TDX (Tesis Doctorales en Xarva)

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What is a Criminology Dissertation?

A criminology dissertation is a research paper that focuses on the study of criminal behaviour and its causes, consequences, and prevention techniques. It provides an in-depth analysis of a specific issue related to crime and society.

When writing a dissertation, you may wonder: What topics can I choose?

 Well, the possibilities are nearly endless!

You can explore the social implications of specific crimes, analyze policies and laws related to criminal justice, discuss theories of punishment, or examine the effectiveness of correctional programs.

Don't forget to include some real-world examples to support your arguments. When done right, your criminology dissertation can be a great asset in helping you get into grad school or land a job in law enforcement.

Criminology Dissertation Examples

If you are looking for the best criminology thesis title example for 2023, so you can consider the following suggestions:

PhD Criminology Dissertation Examples

  • Exploring the Relationship between Neighborhood Characteristics and Crime Rates: A Criminological Study
  • The Impact of Incarceration on Families: A Criminological Analysis of the Collateral Consequences of Mass Incarceration
  • Assessing the Effectiveness of Community Policing Strategies: A Criminological Evaluation of Program Implementation and Outcomes
  • Examining the Relationship between Gender and Crime: A Criminological Analysis of the Role of Socialization and Power Dynamics
  • The Politics of Crime Control: A Criminological Analysis of the Role of Ideology and Power in Criminal Justice Policy
  • The Impact of Technology on Criminal Behavior: A Criminological Study of Cybercrime and Digital Forensics
  • Exploring the Role of Social Networks in Criminal Activity: A Criminological Analysis of Gangs and Organized Crime
  • Assessing the Impact of Restorative Justice on Recidivism: A Criminological Evaluation of Program Implementation and Outcomes

Master Criminology Dissertation Examples

  •  The Role of Social Media in Facilitating Hate Crimes: A Criminological Analysis
  •  The Criminalization of Homelessness: A Criminological Analysis of Anti-Homeless Ordinances and their Impact on Vulnerable Populations
  • The Influence of Masculinity on Violent Crime: A Criminological Exploration
  • Police Use of Force: A Comparative Criminological Analysis of Practices in the United States and Europe
  • The Impact of Community-Based Corrections Programs on Recidivism Rates: A Criminological Evaluation
  • The Criminology of Environmental Crime: An Exploration of Corporate Crime and Environmental Harm
  •  The Role of Family Dynamics in Juvenile Delinquency: A Criminological Analysis of Risk Factors and Protective Factors
  •  The Intersection of Immigration and Crime: A Criminological Analysis of Public Discourse and Policy

Undergraduate Criminology Dissertation Example

  • The Relationship between Gun Ownership and Crime Rates: A Case Study
  • Exploring the Impact of Victim-Offender Mediation on Restorative Justice: A Case Study
  • The Impact of Racial Profiling on Policing Practices: A Case Study
  • The Influence of Media Portrayals on Perceptions of Crime: A Case Study
  • The Impact of Technology on Policing Practices: A Criminological Analysis of Surveillance and Privacy
  • The Relationship between Substance Abuse and Crime: A Case Study
  • The Criminology of White-Collar Crime: A Case Study of Enron Fraud

How to Write a Criminology Dissertation Example?

Criminology is a field that has long been concerned with understanding the causes and consequences of crime. And writing a dissertation is an important component of a criminology degree. However, writing a dissertation can be a daunting task, especially for those who are new to the process.

The component is listed and discussed below:

  • Topic selection
  • Data Analysis

Literature Review


  • Findings /Discussion

A.  Topic Selection For Criminology Dissertation

Selecting a criminology dissertation topic can be a challenging task, but it is also an opportunity to explore an area of interest and contribute to the field of criminology. Your criminology dissertation topic should be meaningful, relevant, and original. With careful consideration and planning, you can select a criminology dissertation topic that will contribute to the field and help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

B.  Criminology Dissertation Data Analysis

Data analysis is a big task after finalizing a dissertation topic. This process involves using various statistical and analytical techniques to identify patterns, trends, and relationships within the data. The purpose of data analysis is to answer the research questions that were posed in the dissertation, as well as to provide insights into the broader field of criminology.

C.  Criminology Dissertation Literature Review

The literature review is an important component of any dissertation; it provides complete existing research, identifies gaps in the literature, and highlights areas where new research is needed.

The literature review is a critical component of a criminology dissertation, as it provides the context for the research, justifies the significance of the research question, and highlights the original contribution of the research to the field of criminology.

D.  Methodology for Criminology Dissertation

Choosing the right methodology is crucial for a compelling dissertation in criminology. The methodology section should provide a clear and detailed description of the research process, including the procedures that will be used to ensure the reliability and validity of the data. It should also justify the chosen methods by explaining how they align with the research questions and contribute to the broader field of criminology.

E.  Discussion for Criminology Dissertation

Discussion is a critical component of the dissertation, as it provides an opportunity to evaluate the research study's contributions to the field of criminology, identify areas for improvement, and suggest future research directions. The discussion section should be written in a clear and concise manner and should demonstrate the student's understanding of the significance and implications of the research findings.

F.  Result of Criminology Dissertation

The results section of a criminology dissertation presents the findings of the research study. The primary objective of the results section is to provide a clear and concise description of the research findings, which should be presented in a logical and organized manner.

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Criminology dissertation example: a case study.

Topic: The Criminology of White-Collar Crime: A Case Study of Enron Fraud

White-collar crime, particularly corporate fraud, is a significant problem in many countries, leading to severe economic consequences and public distrust in the financial system. This research paper examines the criminology of white-collar crime, using a case study of corporate fraud as an illustration. The study investigates the causes and consequences of corporate fraud, as well as the legal and regulatory responses to such crimes. Using a qualitative approach, the research draws upon secondary data from academic articles, government reports, and media sources to analyze the Enron scandal as a case study of corporate fraud. The paper concludes that corporate fraud is a complex and multi-faceted phenomenon involving a range of factors, including organisational culture, individual behaviour, regulatory failure, and societal attitudes towards wealth and power.

Primary Aim and Objective

The case study aims to provide an analysis of the Enron scandal as an illustration of the criminology of white-collar crime, examining the causes and consequences of the Enron fraud, including the role of Enron's organizational culture, corporate governance structure and regulatory environment in facilitating the crime. It also seeks to identify the key features of the Enron scandal that make it a case of white gun crime, such as accounting loopholes and special purpose entities to manipulate financial statements, insider trading, and other forms of financial deception. The study also assesses the legal and regulatory responses to the Enron scandal and the criminal prosecutions of executives and evaluates their effectiveness in deterring future white-white crime. The objective of this case study is to provide a comprehensive analysis of White-collar Crime and to inform future efforts to prevent and deter such crimes.

White-collar crime is a subject of extensive research and debate in criminology and related fields. Scholars have examined the causes, consequences, and regulatory responses to white-collar crime, as well as its impact on society and the economy. This literature review provides a summary of the key themes and debates in the field of white-collar crime, focusing on their relevance to the Enron scandal as a case of corporate fraud.

This case study examines the Enron scandal as a case of white-collar crime, drawing on relevant literature, secondary sources, and legal documents. The research uses a qualitative approach to identify key themes and patterns in the data, such as the causes and consequences of the fraud, as well as the legal and regulatory responses to the crime. The analysis is based on a critical criminology perspective, which emphasises the social, economic, and political factors that contribute to the Commission on White-collar Crime. To mitigate the limitations of the available data and the potential biases in the sources consulted, the study draws on multiple sources of data and examines them critically to develop a comprehensive understanding of the Enron scandal and its implications for the Criminology of white.-collar crime.

The Enron scandal highlighted the importance of organisational and structural factors in facilitating white-collar crime, the use of complex financial instruments such as special purpose entities and accounting loopholes, and the economic, social, and political consequences of white.-collar crime. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act and increased enforcement efforts, however, have yet to be debated about their effectiveness. The findings of this case study demonstrate the need for a qualitative approach that takes into account the wider economic and political context and the role of these factors in facilitating such crime.

The Enron scandal provides a powerful case study of the criminology of white-collar crime and its implications for society and the economy. The findings of this study highlight the importance of organizational and structural factors in facilitating white-collar crime, as well as the use of complex financial instruments to perpetrate such crime. The Enron scandal also illustrates the significant economic, social, and political consequences of white-collar crime and the need for effective legal and regulatory responses to prevent and deter such crime.

In conclusion, the Enron scandal is a powerful reminder of the importance of understanding white-collar crime and its impact on society and the economy. The lessons learned from this case study can inform efforts to prevent and deter white-collar crime in the future and to hold those responsible for such crime accountable for their actions.

Top Dissertation Ideas for Criminology

Writing a dissertation for your criminology degree can be daunting, but don't worry—you've got this! You just need a great topic to focus on. To help get you started, here are some ideas that have been successful before:

  • Linking Social Factors and Crime Rates : Research the social factors that contribute to higher crime rates in certain locations or situations.
  • Understanding Reforms and Their Impact : Study the efficacy of existing criminal justice reforms and what difference they have made in different contexts.
  • Exploring Nature and Nurture : Examine the ways in which both nature and nurture shape criminal behaviour.
  • Looking at Drugs & Crime : Investigate the connections between drug use and crime, as well as how drug policy affects crime rates.
  • Examining Crime Prevention Strategies : Analyze existing strategies for preventing crime and how effective they are in different contexts.

No matter which direction you end up following, make sure that you centre your research around a specific issue or question about criminology. This will help you create a focused argument that will be both captivating to your readers and beneficial to you in terms of proving your point. Good luck!

Guidelines for Developing a Criminology Thesis

If you're interested in crafting a criminology dissertation, there are a few guidelines you should keep in mind. Being well-informed about the dissertation topics of criminology and having the right resources is extremely important. Here are some tips to consider when developing a criminology thesis:

1.  First Research About Criminology Dissertation Topic

Before you start writing, it's best to research the topic thoroughly. Start by familiarising yourself with criminal behaviour theories , crime causation theories, and various forms of crime prevention strategies. Additionally, read up on recent criminology studies and relevant policy reforms. This will help you make informed decisions when constructing your argument and formulating an effective thesis statement.

2.  Narrow Down Your Focus on Criminology Dissertation Topic

Once you have done the initial research, it's time to narrow down your focus and identify a specific issue or question that drives your paper. When selecting an issue to write about, make sure that your topic is narrowed down enough so that it can be explored deeply within the page limit of your dissertation.

3.  Build Your Argument for Criminology Dissertation Topic

Once you have identified an appropriate research question or hypothesis for your project, it's time to start building your argument. When crafting an argument for a criminology dissertation, try to provide evidence from reliable sources in order to back up your points and illustrate why they are valid and important. Additionally, be sure to evaluate each point carefully and discuss any possible counterarguments throughout the body of the paper. By providing evidence-based arguments that consider differing perspectives on a given issue, you can more effectively convince readers of the validity of your thesis statement.

Crafting a criminology dissertation can be a daunting and intimidating task. From finding the right topic and reviewing the latest research to constructing a compelling argument, there is a lot to consider. The examples and ideas presented in this article provide a starting point for your research and writing.

By focusing on the basics of crafting a criminology dissertation, you can avoid the common pitfalls and produce a dissertation that will stand out. By understanding the fundamentals, conducting thorough research, finding good sources, and organizing an argument, you can secure an impressive grade on your criminology dissertation.

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Giancarlo Fiorella, 2023 (Supv. Professor Beatrice Jauregui):  Spectralities at the Protest Chronotope: Venezuela’s Colectivos and the Opposition Social Imaginary

Serdar San, 2023 (Supv. Professor Matthew Light):  Policing and Police Reform in Turkey since 1980: Regime Transitions and Policing Transformations

Fernando Ramon Avila, 2023 (Supv. Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat): "The Scars Remain." Power, Solidarity, and Punishment in an Atypical Latin American Prison

Grant John Valentine, 2023 (Supv. Professor Paula Maurutto):  The Canadian Punitive Paradox: The Evolution of Conservative Political Marketing Practices and the Late Onset of Penal Populism in Canadian Federal Politics

Jihyun Kwon, 2023 (Supv. Professor Audrey Macklin, Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat):  Misconduct Mismanagement: Independent Oversight, Accountability, and the Rule of Law

Erick Laming, 2022 (Supv. Professor Scot Wortley): Police Use of Force: Understanding its Impact on Indigenous and Black Community Members in Ontario

Dikla Yogev, 2022 (Supv. Professor Matthew Light): Religion and Police Legitimacy: the Case of Israel’s Haredi Community

Luis Valentin Pereda Aguado, 2021 (Supv. Professor Matthew Light):  Processes of Violence in Mexico’s Organized Crime Groups: A Study of Los Zetas

Julius Haag, 2021 (Supv. Professor Scot Wortley):  A Qualitative Examination of the Impacts of Police Practices on Racialized and Marginalized Young People in Toronto

Jacquie Briggs, 2021, (Supv. Professor Emerita Mariana Valverde): Networks of Colonial Governance: Department of Indian Affairs Legal Aid in Canada, 1870 to 1970

Grace Tran, 2021 (Supv. Professor Audrey Macklin, Professor Emerita Mariana Valverde): Laws of Love: Negotiations of Intimacy and Legitimacy At and Beyond State Borders Through Vietnamese “Marriage Fraud” Arrangements

Zachary Levinsky, 2020:  'Don't Under Reach': The Limits of Compassion and Risk Management in Toronto School Safety from 1999-2007

Adam Ellis, 2020: Reconceptualizing Urban Warfare In Canada: Exploring the Relationship Between Trauma, Post-traumatic Stress, and Violence Among Male Combat Soldiers and 'Street Soldiers'

Brenna Keatinge, 2018: Growing Land, Growing Law: Race, Urban Politics, and the Governance of Vacant Land in Boston from 1950

Katharina Maier, 2018: Half Way to Freedom: The Role of Halfway Houses in Canada's Penal Landscape

Lysandra Marshall, 2017: Racial Disparities in Police Stops in Kingston, Ontario: Democratic Racism and Canadian Racial Profiling in Theoretical Perspective

Maria Jung, 2017: The Relationship between Immigration and Crime in Canada: 1976-2011

Meghana Rao, 2017: Troubling Suicide: Law, Medicine and Hijr Suicides in India

Holly Pelvin, 2017: Doing Uncertain Time: Understanding the Experiences of Punishment in Pre-trial Custody

Vanessa Iafolla, 2015: Anti-money Laundering and Counter-terrorist Financing Policy in Canada: Origins, Implementation and Enforcement

Alexandra Lysova, 2015: Dynamics of Violence between Intimate Partners in the Narratives of Incarcerated Women in Canada: A Violent Events Perspective

Natasha Madon, 2015: Intersections of Youths'Perceptions: Youths' Perceptions of Their Treatment by the Criminal Justice System and Other Social Institutions

Tara Marie Watson, 2014: Risks Inside and Beyond Institutional Walls: Organisational Responses to Substance Use in Canadian Federal Prisons

Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, 2014: Black Males' Perceptions of and Experiences with the Police in Toronto

Nicole Myers, 2013: Creating Criminality: The Intensification of Institutional Risk Aversion Strategies and the Decline of the Bail Process

Rashmee Singh, 2012: Grassroots Governance: Domestic Violence and Criminal Justice Partnerships in an Immigrant City

Olena Kobzar, 2012: Networking on the Margins: The Regulation of Payday Lending in Canada

Sarah Turnbull, 2012: Reconfiguring Canadian Penality: Gender, Diversity and Parole

Allyson Lunny, 2011:  Victimhood and Socio-legal Narratives of Hate Crime against Queer Communities in Canada, 1985-2003

Carolyn Greene, 2011: Creating Consensus: An Exploration of Two Pre-charge Diversion Programs in Canada

Anita Lam, 2011: Making Crime TV: Producing Fictional Representations of Crime for Canadian Television

Myles Leslie, 2011: Speaking for the Dead: Coroners, Institutional Structures and Risk Management

Prashan Ranasinghe, 2009: The Refashioning of Vagrancy and the (Re)Ordering of Public Space

Michael Mopas, 2009: Imagining the Internet and Making it Governable: Canadian Law and Regulation

Sara Thompson, 2009: The Social Ecology and Spatial Distribution of Lethal Violence in Toronto, 1988-2003

Randy Seepersad, 2009: Mediators and Moderators in the Relative Deprivation - Crime/Counter-normative Actions Relationship

Annmarie Barnes, 2007: Transnational Dislocations: The Use of Deportation as Crime Control

Dawn Moore, 2005: To Cure the Offender: Drugs, Users and the Canadian Criminal Justice System

Mary Lynn Young, 2005: Crime Content and Media Economics: Gendered Practices and Sensational Stories, 1950-2000

Carla Cesaroni, 2005: The Stress and Adjustment of Youth in Custody

Bryan Hogeveen, 2003: Can't You Be a Man? Rebuilding Wayward Masculinities and Regulating Juvenile Deviance in Ontario 1860-1930

Cheryl Webster, 2003: Working for 'Good Order and Discipline': The Impact of Mandatory Convict Labour on the Maintenance of Orderly Prison Life in Contemporary Portugal

John Deukmedjian, 2002: The Evolution and Alignment of RCMP Conflict Management and Organizational Surveillance

Phil Mun, 2002: Calculated Risk-taking: The Governance of Casino Gambling in Ontario

Renisa Mawani, 2001: The "Savage Indian" and the "Foreign Plague": Mapping Racial Categories and Legal Geographies of Race in British Columbia, 1871-1925

Kimberly-Jo White, 2001: Negotiating Responsibility: Representations of Criminality and Mind-State in Canadian Law, Medicine and Society, 1920-1950

Jennifer Wood, 2000: Reinventing Governance : A Study of Transformations in the Ontario Provincial Police

Kirsten Kramar, 2000: Unwilling Mothers and Unwanted Babies: 'Infanticide' and Medico-Legal Responsibility in 20th Century Canadian Legal Discourse

Kim Varma, 2000: Exploring Age and Maturity in Youth Justice

Stephane Leman-Langlois, 2000: Constructing Post-Conflict Justice: The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission as an Ongoing Invention of Reconciliation and Truth

Anna Pratt, 2000: A Political Anatomy of Detention and Deportation in Canada

Voula Marinos, 2000: The Multiple Dimensions of Punishment: 'Intermediate' Sanctions and Interchangeability with Imprisonment

Jane Sprott 1999: Views of the Punishment of Youth: The Dimensions of Punitiveness

Benedikt Fischer, 1998: "Community policing" : a study of local policing, order and control

Kelly Hannah-Moffat, 1997: From Christian maternalism to risk technologies, penal powers and women's knowledges in the governance of female prisons

Willem De Lint, 1997: Shaping the subject of policing, autonomy, regulation and the police constable

Tammy Landau, 1994: Policing and security in four remote aboriginal communities: a challenge to coercive models of police work

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Evaluating the Impact of Registry Status on Employment and Housing Outcomes , Lauryn T. Lockett


Theses from 2022 2022

The Police and Residents at Hot Spots: Implications of Hot Spots Policing and Police-Resident Familiarity for Residents' Trust in, and Fear of, the Police , Rasheed Babatunde Ibrahim


Theses from 2021 2021

Exploring Factors Affecting Prison Misconduct in Japan , Hiroyuki Okado



Theses from 2020 2020


Police Officer Coping: The Effect of Police Culture, Management, and Family , Megan Heflin-Brand


Theses from 2019 2019




Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design and Burglary Prevention: A Systematic Social Observation Approach , Kevin James Dobbins


Examining Factors of Prolonged Pretrial Detention in a Philippine Jail , Nicholas R. Murphy


Desistance Typologies: An Examination of Desistance Strategies Used Between Offender Groups , Matthew J. Riordan

Theses from 2018 2018

Examination of the Relationship Between Transformational Leadership and Organizational Justice Among Police Officers , Allison Osborn



Police Legitimacy Across High-Crime Contexts: An Examination of Neighborhood-Level Expressive Concerns and Accumulated Experiences , Tyrell Spencer

Theses from 2017 2017

Using Expectancy Theory to Examine Barriers to Correctional Mental Health Treatment , Miranda Danielle Gibson

Theses from 2016 2016


Afraid to lose: The fear of falling's effect on white-collar crime , Zachary Hayes Kodatt

Asian Gangs in the United States: A Meta-Synthesis , Sou Lee


The Relationship between Suicidal Ideation and Psychache among Incarcerated Female Offenders , Minori Maeda

The Inter-rater Reliability of the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised in Practical Field Settings , Yuko Matsushima

Does Social Learning Theory Predict Delinquency Differently Across Urban, Rural, and Suburban Areas? , Charles A. Payne

Theses from 2015 2015

Concealed Carry on a Midwestern College Campus , Joshua Aaron Abrams

A Qualitative Analysis of Substance Use and the Commission of Burglary , Geoffrey Loren Boise

Exploring Factors Affecting Crime Rates in Japan (1955-2012) , Dai Tanaka

Theses from 2014 2014

Procedural Justice and Domestic Violence: Victims' Satisfaction With Police and Willingness to Seek Help , Karla Keller Avelar


Theses from 2013 2013

Assessing Foreclosure and Crime at Street Segments in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina , Blake Richard Christenson

"Because I Like It? No, They Made Me Do It!!" Why Juveniles Engage In Sexting , Jennifer Ann Haegele

Deviant Peers, Opportunity, and Cyberbullying: A Theoretical Examination of a New Deviance , Charern Lee

An assessment of officer safety: Does departmental authorization of tasers reduce officer assault rates? , Daniel Carson Presley

Explaining the rising female incarceration trends in Japan (1970-2011) , Ayako Sasaki

Theses from 2012 2012

Perceived risk of homeland security incidents: The insignificance of actual risk factors , Melissa R. Haynes

Interactionist Labeling: Formal and Informal Labeling's Effects on Juvenile Delinquency , Daniel Ryan Kavish

Theses from 2011 2011


The Origins of Parochial Informal Social Control: Examining the Different Effects Among Individual and Neighborhood Influences of Crime Control , Christina Marie Oldham


Theses from 2010 2010

The Declining Health of Prisoners: Pains of Long-Term Incarceration vs. The Natural Aging Process , Brieanne F. Lonergan


Theses from 2009 2009

Evaluating Residential Burglaries in a Small Midwestern City using Social Disorganization and Routine Activity Frameworks , Stanley James Howard

Theses from 2008 2008

The efficacy of community supervision , Takashi Seimiya

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Anonymous by request 2009 Procedural Justice and Police Legitimacy: An examination of the process-based model in understanding what influences suspect perceptions
Nall, A 2017 The Identification & Ranking of Organised Crime Groups and Members: Combining the Crime Harm Index (CHI) and Social Network Analysis (SNA)
Antoine, B 2016 The Rise and Fall of Hotspots of Homicide in the Port-of-Spain Division: changes over time in characteristics of murder
Bardsley, G 2021 Can Crime and Detections be counted differently: Demonstrating the Cambridge Consensus Statement for Counting Crime and Detections in Devon & Cornwall
Barnham, L 2016 Targeting Perpetrators of Partner Abuse in Thames valley: a two year follow up of crime harm escalation
Beutgen, A 2019 Swedish police officers’ views of selected evidence-based policing research findings
Bitters, F 2021 Children on Child Protection Plans: Are the Police Missing Opportunities to Intervene Earlier and Failing to Prevent Future Harm?
Bland, M 2014 Targetting Escalation in Common Domestic Abuse: How Much if Any?
Bolduc, M 2024 Are Police Agencies in Quebec, Canada, Ready to Integrate Actuarial Forecasting Models? An Exploratory Study About the Suspects’ Releasing Decision-Making Process of Sûreté du Quebec Officers
Bradley, K 2024 Do Trauma-Informed Investigation Teams in One Hospital Increase Detection, Reduce Repeat Victimisation, and Reduce Recidivism: A Comparative Study
Calder, S 2024 Serious Further Offence Reviews: Understanding the Perceptions of Probation Practitioners and Decision-Makers
Carden, R 2012 Car Key Burglaries: An Exploratory Analysis
Chalkley, R. 2015 Predicting serious domestic assaults and murder in Dorset
Chilton, S. 2011 Randomised Controlled Trial using Conditional Cautioning as a response to Domestic Abuse
Clark, B 2021 Reassurance Contacts by Local Police Officers with Victims of Vehicle Crime and Cycle Theft: A Block Randomised Control Trial
Clark, D 2015 Tracking the victims of Boiler-room Fraud – Citizens at risk!
Cornelius, N 2015 Perceptions of domestic abuse victims to police disposals post-arrest by conditional caution, simple caution or no further action
Cowan, D 2018 What is the context of police and court diversion in Victoria and what opportunities exist for increasing police diversion of offenders?
De Brito, C 2016 Will Providing Tracking Feedback on Hot Spot Patrols Affect the Amount of Patrol Dosage Delivered?
Donohoe, C 2024 Identifying children at risk of committing serious violence
Drover, P 2014 Leading and Testing Body worn Video in Wolverhampton
Etheridge, P 2015 An Exploratory Study of the Application of the Cambridge Harm Index (CHI) to Crime Data in South Yorkshire
Foster, J 2020 'An Exploratory Study of How Practitioners in UK Fire and Rescue Services Working with Children and Young People Who Set Fires Identify Clients Requiring Psychosocial Interventions'
Giles, E 2020 Resettlement: a postcode lottery? An exploratory study of the geographical and socioeconomic factors impacting desistance from crime
Gordon, J 2022 Targeting High-Harm Victim-Offenders for Offender Management to Reduce Harm: A BCU-Level Analysis
Hale, J 2024 Tracking Crime Harm by Phone Numbers of Customers of Drug Dealers: Analysing Changes from Before to After Arrest of Drug Dealers
Hallworth, J 2016 'County Lines': and Exploratory analysis of migrating drug gang offenders in North Essex
Henstock, D 2015 Testing the effects of body-born video on police use of force during arrest: a randomised controlled trial
Hodgkinson, W 2021 Comparing Two Different Alarm Systems for High-Risk Domestic Abuse Victims: A Randomised Controlled Trial
Jackson, M 2010 Murder Concentration and Distribution Patterns in London An Exploratory Analysis of Ten Years of Data
Jackman, R 2015 Measuring harm in a cohort of sex offenders in Norfolk
Jarman, R. 2012 Could conditional cautions be used as a suitable intervention for certain cases
Jones, A. 2016 Tracking Investigative Outcomes of Sexual offences in British Transport Police by the Medium of reporting
Keating, R 2022 Managing High-Risk Suspects In Custody: A Legal and Operational Analysis
Knight, C 2022 Mapping public place reported crime and harm against women and girls
Kruger, S 2023 Exploring Persistence and Barriers to Desistance for Young Offenders in Isiolo, Kenya
Langley, B. 2013 A randomised control trial comparing the effects of procedural justice to experienced utility theories in airport security stops
Lawes, D. 2014 Targeting Traffic Enforcement with a Collision Harm Index: A Descriptive Study in the City Of London
Lay, W 2021 Reducing Repeat Harm: Forecasting high-harm victims for prevention and protection
Leggetter, M 2021 Implementing a Hot Spot Targeting Alarm System A Participant Observation Case Study
Lekare, A 2024 Exploring common risk factors associated with shootings with lethal outcomes in street gang milieus in Sweden
Macbeth, E. 2015 Evidence-Based vs Experience-Based Targeting of Crime and Harm Hotspots in Northern Ireland
McAuliffe, K 2024 'Frequency and Harm: An Exploratory Analysis of Missing Children'
McDonagh, R 2022 The changing profile of Modern Slavery crime: Tracking outcomes in Investigations by the Metropolitan Police 2016 – 2021
McKee, J. 2021 Testing the effects of delivering procedural justice by reassurance telephone calls to victims of screened out vehicle crime: evidence from a randomised controlled trial
Nethercott, C. 2020 ‘Life on the Book’ (The lived experience of the high-risk, category A prisoner)
Olphin, T. 2014 Solving Violent Crime: Targeting Factors that Predict Clearance of Non-Domestic Violent Offences
Ottaro, P 2024 Targeting Hot Spots and Harm Spots in a Mass Transit System in Canada: A Tale of the City of Edmonton
Paine, C. 2012 Solvability Factors in Dwelling Burglaries in Thames Valley
Parkinson, J. 2012 Managing Police Performance in England and Wales: Intended and Unintended Consequences
Platz, D. 2016 The Impact of a value education programme in a police recruit training academy: a randomised trial.
Pugh, M 2022 Criminal Records of Persons Stopped and Searched on Suspicion of Drug Crimes: A Racial Disparity Analysis
Ralph, M 2022 Tracking Stalking for High Harm Outcomes: A 365-Day Follow-up Analysis
Routledge , G 2015 A Protocol and Phase I Experimental Trial: The Checkpoint Desistance Programme in Durham
Ross, N 2022 A descriptive study of harm levels among registered sex offenders over four years following conviction
Rowland, J 2012 What happens after arrest for Domestic Abuse: A Prospective Longitudinal Analysis of over 2,200 Cases
Rowlinson, T 2015 An An Observational Process Study of a Short Programme for lower-risk Domestic Abuse Offenders under Conditional Caution in the Hampshire CARA Experiment
Scott, C 2015 Patterns and Concentrations of Risk in Reported Police Pursuit Incidents in New Zealand
Seif, J 2022 The Effects of a Cadet Training Component on Police Attitudes: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Sharp, S 2016 Pickpocketing on The Railway: Targeting solvable cases
Sloan, A 2020 The pursuit of cohesion: An exploratory study of the values of, and relationship between, Heads of Security and Heads of Safety in prisons
Smith, C 2016 A Case Control Analysis of Offenders Issued with Domestic Violence Protective Orders (DVPOs) in Hertfordshire
Stephens, R 2024 A study using Situation Action Theory (SAT) to explore prisoner violence in High Security Prisons
Stevens, I 2024 Exploring the concept of 'the Third Place' in prison
Thompson, I 2016 The Impact of Procedural Justice Training on First Year Constables' Interactions with Citizens: an RCT
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Criminal Justice Thesis Topics

What is criminal justice? Criminal justice deals with delivering justice to people who have committed crimes. The field entails a series of institutions and government agencies that co-work to bring illegal activities to book. Some of the purposes of a criminal justice thesis paper include:

  • Facilitating the rehabilitation of offenders
  • Ensuring that similar crimes do not occur again
  • Providing moral support for victims

Such papers are critical, and this one has to take a professional approach, especially when writing criminal justice paper topics.

How To Write Criminal Justice Thesis Papers

Students in college and university taking criminal justice as a major are supposed to equip themselves with various writing techniques. For instance, there are times when one has to employ the methods used by a lawyer in presenting a case.

Since this is a cross-disciplinary field, you will have to formulate your arguments in a defensible thesis with evidence to support them. The criminal justice thesis statement should be:

Concise, Easy to understand, and Backed up by evidence and research.

You can choose to present the evidence either in qualitative or quantitative data. The former is expressed in texts, observations, and interviews, while the latter is in the form of numbers drawn from statistics.

For a quality criminal justice paper, use these expert writing tips:

  • Use the APA style guide in formatting your paper
  • Present your arguments in a clear language
  • Do not stuff up too many pieces of evidence in one paragraph
  • Avoid using personal opinions when defending a particular argument

With that, let us now look at some of the most brilliant thesis topics for criminal justice:

Criminal Justice Senior Thesis Topics

  • Discuss the history and development of the criminal justice system
  • How the rate of crime varies with different age brackets
  • The impact of aggression in compelling one to commit a crime
  • Why illegal immigrants are primarily associated with crime
  • The role of education level in contributing to crime
  • How does unemployment cause crime in society?
  • Why are teenagers the majority of victims violating the law?
  • The relationship between gender and criminal activity
  • The role of firearms in advancing illegal activities
  • How policies and government laws can lead to crime
  • The role of the media in promoting crime
  • Why is it challenging to manage crime in a society where the rule of law is obscure?
  • The role of political campaigns and elections in contributing to crime
  • Factors that led to the attack at the US Capitol
  • Why drug and substance abuse is a leading cause of crime
  • Programs that can help alleviate crime in any given society

General Criminal Justice Thesis Ideas

  • Contribution of the study of criminology to the society
  • How the study of criminology leads to the formulation of public policies
  • The role of parents in preventing crimes
  • How the education system has helped prevent crime
  • The role of social media in planning and funding criminal behaviour
  • How criminal gangs recruit members
  • The implication of coronavirus on increased criminal behaviour
  • How corrupt leaders can stir up criminal behaviour among citizens
  • Why you should know your neighbours and what they do
  • The role of biometric and facial recognition systems in curbing crime
  • The effectiveness of the police in reducing crime
  • Are penalties related to crimeless punitive?
  • What is the implication of representing a serial killer in a criminal case?
  • How to sensitize society on what constitutes criminal behaviour
  • The impact of racism on criminal behaviour
  • How bullying can be a cause of criminal behaviour in the future

Hot Criminal Justice Research Topics

  • The role of forgeries and fake documents in advancing crime
  • How corrupt police officers are creeping crime
  • Ways of dealing with criminal behaviour at the grassroots level
  • The role of the International Criminal Court in curbing crime
  • Why social media is a significant fuel for crime
  • The role of hate speech in advancing criminal activities
  • How the family background of a person can lead him/her to crime
  • Why students in college are at risk of joining gangs
  • Latest ways in which criminals are smuggling goods into the country
  • The impact of being labelled as a criminal on one’s reputation
  • Is it possible for a criminal to genuinely transform while in prison?
  • Religious ways of preventing crime in communities
  • Why it is necessary to be careful when walking at night
  • The role of the FBI in dismantling criminal groups
  • How school dropouts get into illegal activity
  • The part of peer pressure in leading one to commit a crime

Tip-Top Criminological Research Topics

  • The role of mental health in any criminal behaviour
  • How protests and demonstrations amount to illegal activities
  • The implication of religious beliefs on committing a crime
  • How social class is a critical player in the crime
  • Does weather facilitate criminal behaviour in any way?
  • Does cheating in exams amount to criminal behaviour?
  • Ways of detecting and curtailing criminal activity before it happens
  • How terrorism is facilitating crime in developing nations
  • What amounts to an environmental crime?
  • The implication of prejudice in violence
  • Methods of deception used by human traffickers
  • Forms of identity theft in America
  • Causes and effects of juvenile delinquency
  • How to curb criminal activities related to gambling
  • Is prostitution contributing to crime in societies?
  • Effective ways of prosecuting and punishing rape criminals

Criminology Research Paper Topics On Discrimination

  • How racial profiling leads to crime
  • Are our court systems becoming discriminatory based on race and social class?
  • The impact of systematic bias on criminal justice
  • How targeting minority groups leads to crime
  • The impact of ethnic backgrounds on criminal activities
  • Why the government should implement policies against gender discrimination
  • The role of social movements in preventing discrimination
  • How to deal with people who incite racial discrimination
  • Ways of managing stereotypes as portrayed by the media
  • The role of the clergy in breaking class-based social violence
  • How discriminatory crime affects families
  • The impact of discrimination on the performance of students
  • The effects of corporate crime on the minor businesses
  • How influential people in government contribute to crime
  • Ways of dealing with hate crime and its implication on justice
  • Effective crime preventions programs against marginalized communities

Criminal Law Research Topics

  • The role of corrupt judges in enhancing crime
  • Why tampering with evidence is facilitating the advancement of more criminal activities.
  • How to manage cases of premeditated murder
  • Should court systems use more punitive measures for punishing murderers?
  • How does society view lawyers who defend murderers?
  • Are there loopholes in criminal law that are advancing criminal behaviour?
  • In what ways is the justice system perverted?
  • Discuss the essence of studying criminal law
  • The role of the jury in delivering just sentences to guilty criminals
  • What is the implication of the presidential pardon on criminals?
  • How to protect the privacy of inmates
  • Do convicts on death have rights as any other human being?
  • How technology is advancing the practice of criminal law
  • Compare and contrast the number of men and women pursuing criminal law in the United States
  • What are some of the cultural impediments to the rule of criminal law?
  • The implication of fines and bonds on criminals with money

Criminal Justice Research Questions

  • How does street lighting helps reduce the crime rate?
  • Can security agencies use technology to prevent terrorism?
  • Discuss illegal research techniques in genetics and their dangers
  • What is the impact of smartphones on crime rates?
  • How does the National Guard help in reducing crime?
  • What is the role of psychometric examinations in criminology?
  • Does the court system take too long to administer justice?
  • Is arbitration applicable in the case of a murder charge?
  • What are the fundamental principles of crime prevention?
  • The role of mass media during chaotic elections
  • Is it to keep a registry of sexual offenders?
  • What can institutions do to prevent cases of sexual assault?
  • What is the motive of a ransom in a kidnapping case?
  • When do felony disenfranchisement laws apply?
  • What is the role of forensic science in modern criminology?
  • Discuss the association between substance abuse and crime?

Expert Criminal Law Topics For Research Paper

  • Effects of forging contracts in a work setting
  • Should presidents face criminal proceedings during their tenure?
  • The implication of the president’s immunity to international crimes
  • How can the courts ensure a fair trial for all accused persons?
  • How long should attorneys take to prepare a defence?
  • Implications for substantial injustice for any criminal case
  • Effects of giving self-incriminating evidence
  • How to deal with a crime under the international law
  • Should prosecutors obtain evidence in a manner that violates a person’s rights?
  • The place of torture in obtaining information from a suspect
  • What is the effectiveness of a petition in a murder case?
  • The role of the press in criminal proceedings
  • Discuss the rights and welfare of victims of criminal offences
  • How ballistic experts differentiate between an accidental and intentional shooting
  • The role of the state in upholding law and order
  • How lawyers defend their clients: Is it unethical at times?

Law Enforcement Research Paper Topics

  • Is how police handle suspects justified?
  • Weigh in on the ongoing police brutality claims on a racial basis
  • The role of law enforcers in sensitizing people on peace
  • Why it is necessary to have police stations in every community
  • Causes of corruption and crime among some law enforcers
  • Evaluate the response of law enforcers during the attack at the US Capitol
  • Assess how male and female police officers handle crime
  • What is the effect of police patrols on crime rates?
  • How police involvement with criminal groups fuels up crime
  • Police technologies used to detect and counter crime
  • What improvements should the police have to handle crime effectively?
  • Compare and contrast law enforcement strategies used in the UK and US
  • Comment on the use of biometric data in tracing criminals
  • How effective are informers in assisting the police to curb crime?
  • Evaluate how different law enforcement agencies handle crime
  • How digital footprints have helped law enforcers to arrest criminals

Criminal Justice Research Proposal Topics

  • The role of community policing in preventing crime
  • Does the length of criminal trials affect their outcome?
  • Should courts punish crimes committed on a religious basis?
  • What are some of the challenges to implementing stringent prosecution laws?
  • Does infringement of copyright laws amount to criminal behaviour?
  • Should journalists take photos of suspects on trial and publish them?
  • Assess the different classes of crime systems
  • How to deal with cyber-stalking in the case of couples
  • Discuss the effectiveness of courts dealing with drug-related cases
  • Analyzing the implication of mandatory sentencing
  • What happens in the case of a wrongful conviction in a criminal case?
  • What motivates people to commit crimes?
  • Discuss the psychology behind aggressive criminal behaviour
  • Compare and contrast between murder and homicide
  • Evaluate the different classes of criminal offenders

Criminal Investigation Research Paper Topics

  • Discuss the process of beginning a criminal investigation
  • Interrogation methods that are involved in criminal investigations
  • How does investigative journalism complement criminal investigations?
  • How crime-related movies have created a perception in people’s minds
  • The role of criminal investigations in delivering sentences
  • How technology has made criminal investigations more effective
  • The difference in investigating between civil and criminal cases
  • Discuss the unethical sides of criminal investigations
  • The role of information sharing technologies in criminal investigations
  • Why murder cases take too long to be solved
  • Secretive methods of conducting criminal investigations
  • Discuss the relationship between criminal investigations and the evidence presented in court
  • Why most detectives do not have a specific regalia
  • The implication of conducting criminal investigations in the face of the coronavirus
  • How to handle inquiries for cases beyond a country’s border

Criminal Justice Research Topics For College Students

  • The impact of TV series on crime rates
  • How different countries handle criminal cases
  • Discuss the impact of witness interference in a criminal case
  • How court systems contribute to crime
  • Are the witness protection policies effective enough?
  • The role of CCTVs in promoting justice in criminal cases
  • The impact of criminal courts on advancing good morals in a society
  • Discuss the truth in the statement ‘justice delayed is not justice denied.’
  • Importance of studying criminal justice in the 21 st century
  • Discuss the role of fingerprints in a criminal investigation
  • Should criminal cases be completed in less than a week?
  • What happens when a president commits a national crime during his tenure?
  • How the Director of Public Prosecutions can help in combating corruption
  • The responsibility of court officers in protecting the suspects
  • Do criminal cases caught on camera need any further investigations?
  • How should a state deal with foreigners who are guilty of criminal offences in their country?

Other Criminal Justice Dissertation Topics

  • Areas of the prevalence of wildlife crimes
  • How to deal with cases of shoplifting
  • Evaluate methods used by online predators to lure children
  • Why exposing your location details on social media may be dangerous for you
  • Should parents answer to suicide cases involving their children?
  • Discuss why parents should not leave their children alone at home
  • The role of police hotline numbers in combating crime
  • The impact of living in neighbourhoods known for criminal activity
  • How we can use religion to prevent crime
  • How one can anonymously report a criminal activity
  • Impact of hacking technologies on people’s privacy
  • Latest innovations in tracking criminal behaviour
  • Why investigations concerning a prominent person take too long to complete
  • Who is liable to pay damages in case of a mishap in a criminal case?
  • How to follow the rule of law in any criminal proceeding
  • How to know if you are being trailed at night by criminals

Research Methods In Criminal Justice Topics

  • Use of questionnaires
  • Real-time survey systems in criminal justice
  • Effectiveness of one on one interviews
  • Field research in criminology
  • Observation as a criminology research method
  • How participant observation works
  • Impact of ethnography
  • Use of case study in investigating crime
  • Experiments in criminology
  • Second data analysis methods
  • Deliberate manipulation of social customs
  • Analysis of government data
  • Research of historical documents
  • Studies using the Delphi method
  • Conclusive research methods for criminal justice
  • Descriptive research methods

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