Criminal Justice Research Topic Ideas

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Criminal Justice Research Topic Ideas

While studying the subject of criminal justice, we have to work on projects and theses, and for that we need both interesting and suitable topics. In this EduZenith article, we bring you a list of good criminal justice research topics that might help you out.


The Criminal Justice Program in academics was first started by Berkeley police Chief August Vollmer in 1916 in the University of California, Berkeley.

Criminal justice is the system of practices and institutions of governments directed at upholding social control to prevent and mitigate crime, or punish those who violate laws with criminal penalties and rehabilitation efforts. The study of criminal justice is both intriguing and informative, but understanding the subject requires painstaking research for both learning and creating your own project or thesis. Also coming up with relevant and compelling topics is not always easy.

This is why we provide you with an easy way out. Given below is a list of topics that covers a wide range of subjects under the area of criminal justice, from the popular ones, to the ones that are not often dealt with. We hope these topics will help you come up with something absorbing and easy to work with.


  • History and Evolution of Criminology
  • Age, Aggression and Crime
  • Gender and Crime
  • Intelligence and Crime
  • Religious Crimes
  • Criminal Justice Theories
  • Deterrence and Rational Choice Theories
  • Cultural Transmission Theory
  • Feminist Criminology
  • Labeling and Symbolic Interaction Theories
  • Psychological Theories of Crime
  • Self-Control Theory
  • Social Construction of Crime
  • Crime Classification Systems: NCVS, NIBRS, and UCR
  • Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN)
  • Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM)
  • Crime Mapping
  • Quantitative Criminology
  • Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
  • Race, Crime, and Delinquency
  • Hate Crimes: Causes, Controls, and Controversies
  • Contraband Control and Detection
  • Capital Punishment: Myths and Realities
  • Human Trafficking, Prostitution and Sex Crimes
  • Cybercrimes and Identity Theft
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Environmental and Wildlife Crimes
  • Organizational Crimes and Terrorism
  • Robbery, B&E, Theft, and Shoplifting
  • White-Collar Crimes
  • Capital Punishment
  • Community Corrections
  • Cultural Arts and Delinquency Reduction Programming
  • Criminal Law and Criminal Courts
  • Forensic Science
  • Mass Media, Crimes, and Justice
  • Offender Classification and Reentry
  • Racial Profiling
  • Victim Protection, Witness Protection and Child Protection Services
  • Wrongful Convictions
  • Opposing Viewpoints on America’s Prisons
  • Color of Justice: Race, Ethnicity, and Crime in America
  • Female Offenders: Girls, Women and Crime
  • Crimes of the Century
  • Guns and Crime
  • Police Brutality and Corruption
  • The War on Drugs
  • Offender Monitoring Technologies
  • Megan’s Law
  • Improving Safety in Institutions with Technology
  • Monitoring Inmates
  • Prison Abuse and Rape
  • Impact if Drug Courts on Recidivism
  • Pretrial Research
  • Fundamental Concepts of Restorative Justice
  • Perpetrators of Elder Abuse
  • Anti-Gang Activities
  • Gun Ownership Laws
  • Illegal Firearms Trafficking
  • Murder/Suicide in Families
  • Homicide- The Psychology Behind the Bloodshed
  • Mortgage Fraud and Foreclosures
  • Tax Evasion and the IRS
  • Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
  • Impact of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks on Research Agenda
  • Terrorism Databases for Analysis
  • Terrorism: Organization, Structure, and Culture
  • Crime Laboratory Operations
  • What The DNA Can Reveal
  • Digital Evidence and Forensics
  • Forensic Pathology and Toxicology
  • Interrogation Methods and Practices
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Fire and Arson Investigations
  • Post-conviction Procedures
  • Appeals and Stays
  • Cold Case Investigations
  • Evidence: Handling and Storage
  • Body Armor
  • Detection and Surveillance Technologies
  • Tribal Crime and Justice
  • Famous Criminals and Their Crimes
  • Confession Scenario Memorandum
  • Three-Strikes Law
  • The Harm Principle
  • Insanity Defense in the United States
  • Legalization of Drugs and Alcohol
  • The Miranda Rights
  • Legalization of Marijuana
  • Statute of Limitations
  • Educating Prison Inmates
  • Probation and Parole Violation
  • Prison Privatization and Prison Crowding
  • Serial Killers and the Science Behind It
  • Types of Serial Killers
  • Psychology of Jury Selection
  • Strain Theory
  • Victimology: Sensitivity and Revenge
  • Pornography: Legal or Illegal?
  • Reporting of Crime by Media: How Accurate Is It?
  • Sentencing: Ideas and Issues
  • Literature, Movies, Television and Crime
  • Constitutional Issues and Due Process
  • Life in a Prison
  • Do Criminals Change Their Ways After Release
  • Prosecution and Defense
  • Breaking the Law to Uphold the Law: A Moral Dilemma
  • Understanding Violence and Victimization
  • Crime and Justice in the 21st Century
  • Stress in Police Officers: Causes and Solutions
  • Criminal Justice Pioneers in American History
  • Inside the Death Chamber: Exploring Executions
  • Criminal Record Systems
  • Halfway Houses Unraveled
  • The Judge and the Jury
  • Legal Procedure and Trials

This list has some great criminal justice topics to work with, and we hope it has helped spark an idea in your mind.

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