Final Capstone Project
To complete the following Final Capstone Project, go to this week's Final Capstone Project link in the left
The focus of the capstone project is to solve a contemporary social and
criminal justice issue through the application of information from a variety of
related fields, which may include sociology, law, psychology, and ethics. In
developing a proposed solution to a modern social and criminal justice issue,
you are encouraged to use scholarly and primary sources, multimedia, and
interviews with professionals in the field (if possible) to identify and devise
a workable plan.
Within the Final Capstone Project, complete the following:
- Identify a clear thesis statement to address your
chosen criminal and social justice issue.
- Summarize your chosen social and criminal justice
- Propose the resolution to the social and criminal
- Examine the operations of the criminal justice system
as it relates to your chosen issue and resolution. This may include
operations related to crime scene investigation techniques and security;
the collection, preservation and presentation of evidence; and processes
related to correctional institutions, incarceration, and release.
- Analyze how the criminal and social justice theories
(in relation to the United States Constitution) and landmark U.S. Supreme
Court decisions impact your chosen issue and support your resolution.
- Explain how social and criminal justice systems promote
social equality and fairness for all and how this impacts your issue and
resolution. Consider how poverty, racism, and religion apply to
contemporary social and criminal justice.
- Assess how the centralization of criminal justice
agencies in the United States, The Patriot Act, the U.S. Homeland Security
Act, and international aspects of social and criminal justice impact your
issue and resolution.
- Identify and describe at least two careers in criminal
justice (existing or to-be-created) for agencies that may be involved in
addressing the issue and resolution you have chosen.
The paper must be at least 20 pages in length, excluding title and reference
pages, and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least ten
scholarly resources (at least four of which can be found in the Ashford Online
Library) other than the textbook to support your claims. You may consider
referencing documentaries, contemporary news reports, multimedia, and
interviews with professionals in the field. Cite your sources within the text
of your paper and on the reference page. For information regarding APA,
including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located
within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.
Writing the Final Capstone Project
The Final Capstone Project:
- Must be at least 20 double-spaced pages in length, and
formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing
- Must include a title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
- Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a
succinct thesis statement.
- Must address the topic of the paper with critical
- Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
- Must use at least ten scholarly resources, including a
minimum of four from the Ashford University Library.
- Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in
the Ashford Writing Center.
- Must include a separate reference page, formatted
according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your