Writing based on a newspaper article (of your choice such as 
Daily News, NY Times, etc.) related to crime

Current Events Writing Assignment: : Crime and Theory


What to do?

Select a newspaper article (of your choice such as Daily News, NY Times, etc.) related to crime. The selected articles must be between the years of 2015-2018. Read the article and write at least 2 response paper.


Format of paper: typed double-space Times-Roman 12
inch Font, 1-inch margins. Points will be deduced for inappropriate format.


The response paper must include the following (not answering questions completely will reduce your paper grade):


Introduction paragraph.

Summarize of the article (in your own words); the summary should include in an essay format the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, & HOW. In-text citations must be included in this section.

Explanation on how the article relates specifically to the material covered throughout the course. For this assignment, you must discuss key concepts covered in the textbook chapters 1-3. In-text citations must be included in this section.

Identify and define the crime that is discussed in the newspaper article.

Select a theory that explains the crime discussed in the article. Students must explain the theory in detail: what does the theory say? How does the theory explain the crime discussed in the article? How to prevent crime based on the theory.  

Choose 4 concepts/terms from chapters 1-3 and explain how they relate to the selected article, for example: mens rea, actus reus, violation, misdemeanor, felony, occupational, organized, visible, crimes without victims, political, cyber, 13-Steps in a decision making process (investigation, arrest, booking, etc.), Bill of Rights (1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th Amendments), mala in se, mala prohibita, criminal defenses (duress, mistake of fact, necessity, etc). AGAIN, explain, define, and relate those concepts/cases to the article.

Your opinion of the content of the article you selected.

Conclusion paragraph.

The reference page must include the textbook and the selected newspaper article.

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