Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/14/2010
  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE

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So much of the process of criminal justice depends on good documentation, and criminal justice professionals can spend as much as 50-75% of their time writing up administrative and research reports. Much of the legal process depends on the careful documentation that records crucial information. And yet most of these law enforcement, security, corrections, and probation and parole officers have not had adequate training in how to provide a well-written, accurate, brief, and complete report. Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals provides practical advice on report writing -- with specific writing samples and guidelines. The authors go beyond the routine English grammar approach to deal with the difficult but often-ignored problem of documentation that will hold up in court. Important concepts are emphasized with related checklists, forms, and pull-out chapter tests. The material is organized into three sections: The Nature of Report Writing, The Mechanics of Report Writing, and The Modernization of Report WritingNEW TO THIS EDITION Updated and revised with new material on forensics and scientific reports, crime reporting, common errors in forensic reports, and automation of report writing. Appendixes are thoroughly revised, with new examples of reporting forms, worksheets, and reports, including a sample forensic lab report and presentence investigation report. Text complemented by numerous examples, sample reports and tools. Each chapter concludes with a sample test for the reader to self-evaluate learning. Appendices include model reports, examples of agency instructions for completing report forms and selected readings.

Table of Contents

The Nature of Report Writing
The Why and How of Report Writing
Starting to Write
The Face Page
The Narrative - The Continuation Page and Follow-Up Report
Habits that Make for Speedy Writing
Other Types of Writing
Reading and Correcting Reports
The Mechanics of Report Writing
Simplified Study of Grammar
Avoiding Errors in Sentence Structure
Making Punctuation Work
Breaking the Spelling Jinx
Using or Abusing Words
Abbreviating and Capitalizing
The Modernization of Report Writing
Innovations and Predictions in Criminal Justice
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