Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals

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Routledge, Nov 24, 2010 - Political Science - 440 pages
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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 Writing

NEW 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.
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    Contents

    The Nature of Report Writing
    1
    The Mechanics of Report Writing
    177
    The Modernization of Report Writing
    281
    Model Reports
    299
    Examples of Agency Instructions forCompleting Report Forms
    323
    Selected Readings
    397
    Index
    401
    Permissions
    415
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    About the author (2010)

    JOHN T. WHITEHEAD is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at East Tennessee State University.

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