Sunday, January 4, 2015
This holiday, I’ve done a lot of research on my topic of women involved in the criminal justice system and the mechanisms for their re-entry. I’ve put in a lot of work so far, but I still feel like I have so much more work left to do. The more I learn, the more I feel that I need to know in order to write a comprehensive research paper. Studying the intricacies and complexities of the U.S. prison system and particularly women within in it always bring me to the edge of knowledge about one aspect of it, then makes a hard left turn into a whole new question about the prison system that needs further researching.
It’s good that I’m truly interested in what I’m researching, but the challenge now is to narrow my topic so that I could do that topic justice (ha! Justice!) in just 20 pages. What I need to decide is what very specific angle I want to approach this issue from and how to incorporate the more academic aspects of my research with the advocacy part without losing the depth of the analysis I’m trying to construct. I also need to collect more sources on the issue globally.
As I try to pull together this first draft that is due soon, I have more work to do, but I’m still excited about engaging with this topic. In the following weeks, I should aim to seek more support from my mentor and other support from WomenNC and from my partner organization, InStepp.