Defining a Research Problem (Memo)

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Defining a Research Problem (Memo)

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Defining a Research ProblemNameClassDateProfessorMEMORANDUMTo: Research Team From: Date: June 17, 2012 When conducting research the first step is to define the problem. The research involves a phenomenon that needs to be studied and a problem that needs to be researched. Defining the research problem provides the framework for the objectives of the research and assists in the selection of the research design, research techniques, and determining what variables will be studied. A clearly defined research problem will guide the research and assist readers in better understanding what is being studied. When the research problem is not clearly defined it can cause difficulties in data collection and establishing the relationships in the research. In order to better identify the research problem this report will provide a review of criminal research studies. In the first research study the problem is identified as an overrepresentation of black defendants on federal death row and the disproportionate number of federal defendants charged capitally for the murder of non minority victim (Cohen, 2010). The research looks at what geographical factors have led to these blatant racial disparities in the federal death penalty and why a small number of jurisdictions are responsible for the vast majority of federal death sentences. The research focuses on the geographical areas where sentencing a minority offender to death is most prevalent and looks

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