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CRJ335 – Prisoner’s Rights
Research Paper
Due: 11:59 pm Sunday of Unit 7.

The research paper due for this course is to pick a current issue related to the rights of people under
correctional supervision or custody. You will need to discuss both sides of the issue and then you must
pick one side of the issue that you agree with and support your decision. A minimum of 10 sources to
include cases, law reviews, professional journals, academic journals or books is required. The instructor
must approve the topic.

The paper shall be in APA format, typed in 12pt. font Times New Roman, and shall not have been turned
in previously to any other instructor for any other course or assignment. Paper length is six to eight
pages not to include the cover page or bibliography with a minimum of 10 sources. Wikipedia and
other encyclopedias are not acceptable sources. It is to be submitted as a Microsoft Word Document.
Paper will be submitted to SafeAssign link provided. The research paper shall be an individual effort and
not a group project. Since criminal justice is a social science, the writing requirements of the American
Psychological Association, otherwise known as the APA, will be in effect for the research paper

Please refer to page two for the grading rubric

Students: Be sure to read the criteria, by which your paper will be evaluated, before you write,
and again after you write.

Evaluation Rubric for Research Paper Assignment

CRITERIA Deficient
(0 – 36 Points)
Development Needed to
(36-78 Points)
to Exemplary
(79 – 100 Points)
(100 Pts.)
APA Format,
Font size,
Does not follow
formatting or required
font size or in Times
New Roman.
(Points 0-4)
Follows basic formatting.
May not cite sources
properly in text or
Bibliography not correct.
(Points 4 – 8)
Follows the APA
formatting including
sources in text.

(Points 8 – 10)
Length of
Does not meet the
minimum requirements.
(Points 0 – 4)
Meets the minimum
(Points 4 – 8)
Exceeds the minimum
(Points 8 – 10)
Safe Assign
Over 20 % of paper

(Points 0 – 4)
11 – 20 % of paper

(Points 4 – 8)
0 – 10 % of paper

(Points 8– 10)
Sources cited
No sources to 2 sources.
(Points 0 – 2)
3 to 7 sources
(Points 3 – 7)
8 or more sources
(Points 8 – 10)
Topic Does not follow
approved topic or
slightly touches on it.
(Points 0 – 2)
Gives a general or small
explanation of what the
topic of the paper will be.
(Points 3 – 7)
Clearly explains in
detail what will be
discussed in the paper.
(Points 8 – 10)
Discuss both
sides of the
Only discusses one side
of the issue

(Points 0-7)
Partially discusses both
sides of the issue

(Points 7 – 15)
Completely discusses
both sides of the issue

(Points 15 – 20)
argue, and
support your
side of the
Explain your point but
do not support the
“whys” of your
(Points 0 – 10)
Explain your point but
only partial support the
argument or contradicted
your point.
(Points 10 – 24)
Completely argue your
point with facts to
back up your
(Points 24 – 30)

Solitary Confinement
Olen Jessie
Department Name, Post University
CRJ 355: Prisoner’s Rights
Cassandra Garrett
Solitary Confinement
For this research paper I have chosen the topic of solitary confinement and the potential
abuses of prisoner’s human rights due to this practice. While prisoners serve their time, mental
health is a problem that effects prisons all across the country. The overreliance of solitary
confinement is having a wide range of negative effects, rather working on the rehabilitation of
The ultimate goal of prisons are to rehabilitate the individual that are incarcerated, but with
this prolonged isolation, this is creating more issues than it is solving. This paper will also be
looking into the roles of “supermax” prisons and how these facilities have utilized solitary
confinement as it primary tool within their facilities. The discussion to be had is whether or not this
treatment is justified or if it starts to violate their human rights or their 8th amendment rights.
My viewpoint on this topic is an agreeance with the use of solitary confinement, and that
prison are well within their right to use this punishment on prisoners. In my opinion, as a prisoners
you have given up your rights, and depending on the laws that you broke, you are at the will on the
prisons. Now all crimes do not warrant a prisoner being placed in solitary confinement. I believe
that if you have committed a violent crime (rape, murder, ect.) or have committed a violent act
while in prison, then is where you should be place in solitary confinement.
ACLU Foundation, (2014) The Dangerous Overuse of Solitary Confinement in the United States
Gangi, A (2015) The role of solitary confinement and why it’s necessary

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