Prison industrial complex research paper topics

Ava Duvernay, the filmmaker behind Selma, has a new Netflix documentary, 13th, which focuses on the prison industrial complex. Meanwhile, a work and hunger strike is happening in America’s prisons, an issue that the U.S. media is mostly ignoring.

Discuss the prison industrial complex in your research paper. (Credit: Huffington Post/Getty Images)

Discuss the prison industrial complex in your research paper. (Credit: Huffington Post/Getty Images)

The topic of prisons in America offers many research paper topics, from how prisons have come to be privatized to the cause for the ethnic disparity in the prison population. Read more

Tax reform research topics—Donald Trump and federal income tax

Speculation about how much Donald Trump has paid in federal income tax has been in the news for months. After the first debate, the interest has increased as leaked documents indicate the Republican presidential candidate may have not paid taxes for close to two decades.

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Learn more about tax reform here. (Credit: Rate Coalition)

How we generate revenue for the government is an issue that’s constantly being debated by politicians and everyday citizens. Valid ideas for tax reform that both sides could agree on is just one research paper idea to explore on this topic. Read more

Banned Books Week research paper topics

Banned Books Week for 2016 recently ended but it got a lot of people talking about censorship, political correctness and infringement on free speech.

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Learn more about banned books for your research paper. (Credit: FTRF.org)

Here are some research paper topics on banned and forbidden books. Read more

Public policy issues for research topics

Current and past public policy issues make interesting research topics for your term paper. You can write about the role of public policy in the presidential election, government policies, nonprofit organizations, advocacy and the history of public policy.

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Find out more about one of the many public policy topics. (Credit: UIC.edu)

Learn more about the different areas of study for your research paper here. Read more

Third-party politics in America—research paper topics

The 2016 presidential election in America has generated more controversy and attention perhaps than any other in our country’s history. This unusual campaign offers many research paper topics, as does the potential effect that third-party politics will have on the election’s outcome.

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Learn more about third-party candidates for your research paper. (Credit: Independent Political Report)

Jill Stein, the presidential candidate for the Green Party, is not well known in the country, but hopes to connect with voters dissatisfied with the two major party candidates. Read more

Incarceration rates and prison reform research paper topics

The United States is the world leader in incarcerating its citizens. Mass incarceration began in the 1980s after strict drug laws disproportionately targeted blacks and Latinos for incarceration, causing the prison population to increase four-fold. These increased incarceration rates do not rehabilitate people but simple warehouse them, costing billions of tax payers’ dollars.

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Learn more about incarceration rates in the U.S. (Credit: Vice News/ Pixabay)

For your term paper on criminal justice or crime and punishment, consider writing about prison reform laws and ways to reduce incarceration rates. Read more

Hackers and the U.S. election: Cyber terrorism research paper topics

Controversy surrounding the upcoming U.S. election is nothing new, even with it still being months away. However the latest news isn’t about the candidates but about hackers and cyber terrorism.

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Find out more about the U.S. election and cyber terrorism. (Credit: Activist Post)

What are some of the research paper topics in the political science and computer science worlds to explore on this area? Read more

Economics research topics on climate change, the Olympics and the presidential campaign

Interesting research paper topics on the economy are to discuss economic development on the national and regional level. Current events economics, influenced by climate change, the Olympics and the presidential campaign, for example, can all affect national and regional economics.

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Learn more about economics on a national and regional level. (Credit: The National Herald)

Here are some term paper topics you might want to explore. Read more

The fight against Dakota Access Pipeline as your research topic

Members of the Sioux Nation are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is proposed to be built within a mile of the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. The pipeline would pass beneath the Missouri River, the water supply for the Native Americans that live on the reservation.

Members of the Oglala Lakota Nation in South Dakota protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Members of the Oglala Lakota Nation in South Dakota protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

This is not the first time controversy has erupted over a pipeline in the Dakotas. One research topic could look at past pipeline disasters in the U.S. or abroad. Read more

Child abuse and its health effects—research paper topics

According to ChildHelp.org, a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. Child abuse can take many forms—from sexual abuse to refusal of medical treatment, from verbal abuse to neglect. No matter what types of abuse occur, the health effects, both physical and mental, can be long lasting.

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Learn more about the effects of child abuse. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Research paper topics could explore not only means of preventing child abuse, but also the health consequences for the abused, and other factors that impact the welfare of children. Read more