Qualitative Research Methods Final
Section A: describe a research question and present a qualitative research design which you think
would be feasible for a PhD dissertation.
Comment on the strengths, weaknesses, expected results, and
practical aspects of the design.
Individuals of Native American ancestry account for approximately 4.1 million, or 1.5 percent
of the total U.S. population (2000 Census Bureau).
Full-blooded American Indians only account for
0.9 percent (approximately 2.5 million) of the total population.
Theoretically, the Native American
presence should also account for this same amount or less in the criminal justice system.
Native Americans are overrepresented in the criminal justice system.
Criminal and victimization rates
are also exceedingly high among Native Americans as compared with other racial populations.
example, Native Americans accounted for 1 percent of all arrests for violent crimes in 2001.(Perry,
Arrests for alcohol-related offenses were twice the national rate.
The national rate was 623
arrests for 100,000 residents, while the American Indian rate was 1,240 arrests per 100,000 Native
As of midyear 2003, Native Americans constituted one percent of those in custody of jails or
prisons (Minton, 2005).
Similarly, American Indians had an incarceration rate of 848 per 100,000
This rate is approximately 19 percent higher than the overall national rate, which includes 715
persons of all races per 100,000 residents.
In state prisons alone, there were 12,438 American Indians.
These rates, for some states that have a greater proportion of Native Americans, are much greater than
the national average, such as Alaska.
Additionally, one in twenty-five Native Americans, age 18 and
over, were under the jurisdiction of the CJ system.
This rate is 2.4 times greater than the rate of whites