• Maher


Updated: Feb 28, 2021

Crime and punishment is a common topic in IELTS writing task 2 essay questions.

Here are some of the common subtopics and essay questions for you to practice.

The readings below will help with ideas and the right vocabulary to improve your score.


BBC - Crime

Causes of Crime

What Causes Crime? (Academic)

Prisoner rehabilitation

Why do former inmates keep going back to prison?

Top 10 Reasons For Crime (Easy to read)


Increasing levels of violent crime

What are the causes of crime


Some people think certain prisoners should be made to do unpaid community work instead of being put behind bars. 

To what extent do you agree?                             SAMPLE ANSWER

The crime rate is decreasing due to advances in technology which can prevent and solve crime. 

Do you agree or disagree? 

Many criminals commit further crimes as soon as they are released from prison. 

What do you think are the causes of this? 
What possible solutions can you suggest? 

It is often thought that the increase in juvenile crime can be attributed to violence in the media. 

Do you agree that this is the main cause of juvenile crime? 
What solutions can you offer to deal with this situation? 

Some people argue that prison is the best place for criminals, others believe that there are better ways to deal with them. 

Discuss both side and give your opinion? 

Some people think that poverty is the reason behind most crimes. 

Do you agree or disagree? 

Levels of youth crime are increasing rapidly in most cities around the world. 

What are the reasons for this, and suggest some solutions. 


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