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Problem Statement / Research Questions 

The next section of the paper involves an expansion of the first paragraph on why your chosen dissertation issue is a problem, related to criminal justice. First, you should include a transition statement between the previous section to make the paper more readable. This section should be titled “Problem Statement.” At least four (4) additionalreferences (all peer-reviewed) should be included in this draft. This section should be at leasttwo (2) paragraphs long. 

At the conclusion of the problem statement, there should be a new section, titled “Research Question(s).” This section is short, but very important. The student will post his or her central research question(s), which the student will seek to answer in his or her dissertation. One question is satisfactory; however, you should NOTask more than three (3) research questions as the scope of the dissertation will be too wide. You cannot write your question(s) without clearly defining what your problem statement is. The problem statement and the historical background will be investigated in detail in chapter 2 (below).



Crime Prevention in High Schools

Shanee’ N. Ellington

Liberty University


The rising criminal activities in schools have always been an issue of concern to school management. There is a need for the school administrators to formulate policies and guidelines that ensure that the learning institutions are safe and secure for the students. The causes of crime in schools need to be evaluated and understood so that appropriate strategy can be put in place to prevent the adverse effects of the same (Wikström & Treiber, 2017). The Social and environmental nature of the crime needs to be understood to come up with the appropriate mechanisms for addressing the problem. The schools must be kept safe, and a practical approach must be employed since an unsecured learning environment is the genesis of failure and lack of focus. Learning environments are supposed to enhance smooth learning by ensuring that the students enjoy, and vigilance should be the job of everyone. Shortages of such situations create an atmosphere that is a threat to the security of the students.

Creating a safe school environment is a responsibility of all the key players, such as parents, community, and the justice system. This discussion will investigate the role of these players in schools and look at the school-based interventions aimed at the elimination of crimes in schools. Their functions are specifically motivated by the fact that prevention before the occurrence of a crime is the most preferred way in the justice system (Robers, 2015). However, there exist many loopholes that obscure the attainment of this objective. As a result, many crimes happen in schools due to inadequate preventative measures. With clear comprehension and guidelines of juvenile criminality will be critical in the formulation of proper intervention strategies and the development of programs that will prevent crimes in schools.


Robers, S. (2015). Indicators of school crime and safety: 2010. DIANE Publishing.

Wikström, P. O., & Treiber, K. (2017). Beyond risk factors: An analytical approach to crime

prevention. In Preventing crime and violence, 73-87.