Age and Crime in Justice Research Proposal


Age and Crime in Criminal Justice: Research Proposal

The age-crime curve, which increases in the teenage years toa peak and then decreases, is very well known. What is lesswell-known is that it seems to show variations in prevalence, thenumber of offenders rather than the rate of offending (Mukherjee &ampAustralian Institute of Criminology, 2003). Different types ofoffenses seem to peak at different ages probably reflecting onswitching of crime rather than replacement of one group of offendersby another.

General Area of Study

The area of study will revolve around the peak of teenage years bydescribing how age and crime correlates or differ with one another.The study will concentrate mainly on teenage years and howvariability in age affects the rate of crime and criminal justice.

Limitations of Study

  1. There was difficulty in getting the targeted 600 teenagers involved or have witnessed a crime in the past.

  2. The seriousness of students in undertaking the research study

Background of the Research Problem

Finding the 600 teenagers to participate in the study would prove toa problem especially when the area of study is not known for criminalactivities. In addition, the students would be complacent withinterviewing those teenagers involved in crime.

Research Questions

  1. Why is the area involved in criminal activities?

  2. Why is the area full of idle teenagers?

  3. What are some of the crimes teens involve themselves in?

It is justifiable that official statistics at any given year is verywell known. The typical criminal rate tends to increase from theminimum age of criminal responsibility to arrive at a peak in teenageyears. It then declines quickly at first then gradually.

List of Emerging Issues from the Study

  1. The teenagers were not corporative enough with the students to warrant a successful study

  2. The objectives were not well covered due to time


Mukherjee, S. K., &amp Australian Institute of Criminology (2003).Age and crime. Phillip, A.C.T: Australian Institute ofCriminology.

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