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The SAGE Guide to Writing in Corrections

The SAGE Guide to Writing in Corrections

December 2019 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
As part of the SAGE Guide to Writing series, The SAGE Guide to Writing in Corrections,1e, by Steven Hougland and Jennifer Allen, focuses on teaching students how to write in the academic setting while introducing them to a number of other professional writings specific to the correctional profession, such as the pre-sentence investigation report, contact sheets, court status reports, incident reports, rehabilitation and therapy. Covering correctional institutions as well as community corrections, the goal is to interweave professional and technical writing, academic writing, and information literacy, with the result being a stronger, more confident report writer and student in corrections.  This text will be a concise supplemental writing book in courses focused on writing in the criminal justice discipline, report writing, or in introductory corrections courses. It is part of a series of books on this topic that will span criminal justice, policing, corrections, and research methods.

Chapter 1: The Basics of Writing
Basic Grammar Rules  
Critical Thinking Skills, Academic Writing, and Professional Writing  
Writing in Corrections  
Chapter 2: What Is Information Literacy?
Information Literacy  
Digital Literacy, Computer Literacy, and Technology Literacy Skills  
Chapter 3: Reports from Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Officers
Pretrial Reports  
Writing the Pretrial Report  
Presentence Investigation Reports  
Contact Sheets and Revocation Petitions  
Chapter 4: Writing in Corrections- Incident Reports and Beyond
Writing Well  
Basic Writing Skills  
Writing the Narrative  
Types of Reports  
Chapter 5: Other Documents- Memos, Letters, Emails, Cover Letters, and Resumes
Writing Business-Related Documents  
Social Media  
Cover Letters and Resumes  
Chapter 6: Academic Paper Formats
Research, Publication, and the APA Style Rules  
Types of Publications  
APA Formatting and Ethical and Legal Standards  
Modern Language Association and the Chicago Manual of Style  
Chapter 7: The Academic Research Paper
The Research Writing Process  
Conducting Research  
Locating Sources  
Google Scholar  
Use Country Codes  
Use Databases  
Evaluating Sources  
How to Read a Scholarly Article  
Writing a Literature Review  
Writing the Essay  
Working and Annotated Bibliographies  
Key features


  • Effective writing strategies for report writing guide students through the legal requirements and best practices for creating and completing reports commonly found in the field of corrections. 

  • Writing assignments and exercises provide students with opportunities to apply course material.

  • Examples of resumes and cover letters offer students real-world tips to help prepare them for the workforce. 

  • A discussion on plagiarism clearly defines the concept to students as well as offers advice on how plagiarism can be avoided. 

  • An entire chapter devoted to information literacy explains to students how to better identify, obtain, and evaluate information. 

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ISBN: 9781544364551