SHORT PAPER: POLICY PROPOSAL ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS
You have been elected mayor of the imaginary city of Pleasantville and are tasked with solving
the crime problem. Design and present a policy proposal that will holistically address the issue. It
is not essential that you come up with an original idea. As we will learn in this course, there are
several practices and programs that have been found to work in preventing crime and
delinquency. You are encouraged to replicate these programs (as long as you correctly describe
their components, their theoretical rationale, and their evaluation outcomes).
Your paper must coincide with your assigned role as mayor, but the content of your paper may
be broader. Your paper must answer the following questions:
1. What is the problem your policy suggestions aim to address?
2. Is there empirical evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of the crime preventions
strategy you propose to implement?
You may propose a specific program (e.g., Drug Abuse Resistance Education), a closely related
set of programs (e.g., mentoring programs, family training programs), or a more loosely related
set of programs (e.g., the war on drugs, gun control).
Outline the strategy you select and describe the strategy. Discuss the rationale or theoretical
justification behind the strategy, the extent to which the strategy has been implemented, evidence
on the effectiveness of the strategy, and any special disadvantages or advantages associated with
the strategy (e.g., is it expensive, does it violate rights, does it have positive outcomes on other
variables besides crime and delinquency, and your recommendations, etc.).
Include the following details:
The paper must be 3–5 pages. There is no need to include a running head.
Include a title page.
Include in-text citations and a reference section at the end of your paper using current
Your crime prevention policy proposal must come from a biblical perspective. This must
be incorporated throughout your paper rather than simply citing Scripture references at
the end. Generally, you must incorporate a biblical perspective and use a specific
Scripture or passage of Scripture as your in-text citation.
Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.