If recidivism rate studies have too many variables to be conclusive, how can I frame my thesis statement and be accurate?I am not taking a pro/con stance because how this, which makes thesis hard...

If recidivism rate studies have too many variables to be conclusive, how can I frame my thesis statement and be accurate?

I am not taking a pro/con stance because how this, which makes thesis hard to word.

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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is difficult to know what kind of stance on could take on recidivism, except to be against it!  I assume that you do not want to take a stance on behalf of or against one particular way of reducing recidivism.  Have you considered that there are problems for which there might be more than one solution? Have you considered whether the studies might reveal a pattern in regard to geographical differences or differences between state and federal prison populations?  Have you considered framing your inquiry around what does not work?  This is a possibility if there is sufficient material to show where the failures are.  Are there any flaws in the studies that you can use to frame your thesis?  Does a study need to be done for longer periods or with more participants? Could you write a paper discussing how better studies might lead to more meaningful results?  There are just a few ways in which you could frame your paper in a cohesive way, given that your research does not point you to one easy road to take.  Good luck!