You have been asked to write a report on crime in your state (your choice, but the document I uploaded is on the Commonwealth of VA). Your audience is a community organization such as the Chamber of Commerce, Association of Mayors, School Board, or a similar group. It is NOT a professional organization of criminal justice professionals. This group is interested not only in crime trends across time, but also in potential explanations for the types of crimes in the state (of VA), the distribution of crime across the state, such as by regions, urban v. suburban v. rural, and across groups of people. Helpful Website: Justice Research & Statistics Association http://www.jrsa.org/ you will need to access state-specific websites to find information. Issues to be answered in the paper must include: * What is the nature of crime in [your state]? * What are the crime trends in your state? How do these trends compare with national trends? o Describe the time frame (e.g. 30 years) of the crime trends, noting the peaks, valleys, plateaus of the crime trends by year. o Have certain crimes followed different trends? Describe. o If there are differences between your state & national figures, what might explain these differences? (Draw on material from the course – theories – to offer explanations for the crime trends.) o If the crime trends in your state are similar to national figures, what might explain the consistency across jurisdictions? (Draw on material for the course – theories – to offer explanations for the crime trends.) * Are there regions or cities in your state that are unusual for the state’s overall crime rates? o Describe regional or geographic differences. * What might account for these differences? * What are real solutions to some of the crime problems in [your state]? Your report: Your report must be understandable and readable by a number of audiences. Your interpretations and recommendations must be based on real information, real theories, and realistic proposals. You will use graphs, tables, and narratives. Structure: * 1 inch margins, 12 point Times Roman font * Your report must follow APA format * 6-7 pages of text of report * Sources’ page – must correctly cite all sources of information, including graphs, tables, data, websites, etc.
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