Prison Reform

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write:?
Research/Analysis?paper?on?Prison?Reform
An?analysis?on?how?congress?makes?policy?given?issue?area
Factors?influencing?how?the?policy?is?made?at?the?federal?level
Journalistic?sources?to?explain?how?policy?is?made?at?the?federal?level
Peer?reviewed?political?science?sources?on?policy?making?process???pinpoint?specific?factors?influencing?the
policy?making?process
Four?must?come?from?peer?reviewed?academic?research?Do?not?rely?solely?on?law?reviews?
Style?
No?less?than?3000?words?(not?including?tables,?footnotes,?or?references)?12?pt?font?(nothing?crazy)
Double?spaced
Use?at?least?eight?citations?
No?large?block?quotes?
Conceptual?Organization?
BE?CLEAR.?Clearly?organized?papers?get?better?grades.
Define?your?focus???What?are?you?studying??Pose?a?question?to?be?answered?in?the?paper.?Present?evidence??
This?is?the?guts?of?your?paper?and?should?speak?directly?to?the?research?question?posed.?Be?sure?to?delve?into
?why???sorts?of?considerations.?Why?did?things?happen?the?way?they?did??
Analysis???Summarize?and?weigh?in?with?your?expert?analysis?given?what?you?have?learned?in?gathering
information?on?the?topic.?
Use?the?following?layout?as?a?guide?you?are?free?to?organize?your?paper?in?whatever?way?makes?the?most?sense
to?you.?
Introduction?(tell?me?what?you?re?going?to?tell?me)
Body?(tell?me?it?suggest?using?sub?headings?for?clarity)?Conclusion?(tell?me?what?you?told?me)?
Layout?of?Your?Paper?
Introduction???Tell?me?(very?briefly)?about?the?policy?issue?you?are?writing?about.?Lay?out?your?central?argument
about?how?and?why?the?policy?change?(or?non?change)?takes?place?within?the?issue?area.?Provide?a?roadmap?for
the?rest?of?your?paper.?Essentially,?you?are?telling?me?what?the?entire?paper?is?about.?
Body???The?body?of?your?paper?contains?several?parts.?It?is?perfectly?acceptable?to?break?the?body?down?into
several?sub?sections?(label?them?appropriately).?One?section?should?contain?your?literature?review.?The?literature
should?provide?a?concise?summary?of?the?analytical?concepts?you?re?using.?Based?on?this?literature,?you?can
clarify?the?expectations?for?your?own?
analysis.?Therefore,?the?citations?may?not?relate?directly?to?your?policy?issue?or?the?legislative?process?the
focus?is?about?other?analyses?using?similar?concepts/environmental?factors.?Essentially,?you?re?setting?up?the
expectations?for?your?research.?This?is?your?opportunity?to?point?out?important?factors?based?on?political?science
literature.?The?body?also?includes?the?analysis?of?your?policy?issue?in?Congress?the?causal?story?you?want?to
tell.?The?analysis?should?be?objective?and?clearly?depict?the?causal?mechanism?that?led?to?the?policy?change.?It?is
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possible?the?body?contains?more?than?two?sub?sections.?Organize?the?paper?in?a?way?that?makes?the?most?sense
to?you.?
Conclusion???Your?conclusion?should?give?a?brief?summary?of?the?paper.?Restate?your?main?argument?and?the
subject?you?covered.?You?should?also?restate?the?answer?to?your?central?argument.?
Potential?Sources
*This?is?not?a?comprehensive?list?
Legislative?sources?
www.congress.gov?
Legislation?Committees?Congressional?Record?
www.gpo.gov?
Hearings?
Data?sources?
Gallup
Pew
Congressional?Bills?Project?Policy?Agendas?Project?
News?Sources?
Washington?Post?New?York?Times?LA?Times
The?Hill?
Roll?Call?Blog
Government?Agency?Websites?
Academic?Papers/Books?
Web?of?Science?Google?Scholar