Paper: research question and hypothesis


This class will build your understanding and application of the criminal justice research process and subjects. This week, we will focus on the first step: selecting a topic for analysis.  

Visit the All Data Collections page on the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) website.

Review the criminal justice information about capital punishment  for your analysis topic in this assignment. Note: When you click on your selected topic on the All Data Collections page, ensure that the next page you arrive at on that website for your chosen topic has a data table available (i.e., robust information, report links, and details for you to work with for this assignment).

Use your selected topic to develop a:

  • Research question
  • Hypothesis

Write a 700- to 1,050-word report using your selected research topic that discusses:

  • The specific topic you are analyzing
  • Why you chose that topic
  • The research question you developed
  • The hypothesis you developed

Cite the source where you located the BJS topic summary and data tables to support your assignment.

Format your assignment according to APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment.

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