Professional Writing for the Criminal Justice System

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Professional Writing for the Criminal Justice System

SKU# 9780826194480

Author: Jill Harrison PhD, Daniel Weisman MSW, PhD, Joseph Zornado PhD



Underscores the critical importance of effective writing in the justice system and how to achieve it

This user-friendly guide to effective writing for the justice system teaches readers to write cogently and accurately across the spectrum of criminal justice-related disciplines. With an examination of common writing problems that interfere with good reporting and documentation, it underscores the importance of skilled written communication as a cornerstone of competent practice within criminology. It provides examples of strong writing that demonstrate communication of cultural competency and help students develop critical thinking/writing skills. Of outstanding value are numerous examples of real-world writing alongside discussion questions and explanations, enabling students to think critically and truly understand what constitutes good writing.

Actual forms and records used in practice are included along with real-world writing examples drawn from all areas of practice: police, corrections, probation and parole services, social work, miscellaneous court documents, and victim advocate services. The book’s interactive approach to writing includes forms on which students can practice their skills, practice tests, and chapters organized around the standard curriculum taught in most criminal justice programs.

Key Features:

  • Addresses the increasingly common issue of student deficiencies in cultural competency and critical thinking as they relate to writing skills
  • Offers an interactive approach based on real practice and tied to students’ interests
  • Includes examples of good and poor writing, with corrections and explanations for the “bad” examples
  • Displays actual forms and records used by law enforcement agencies, correctional departments, and related organizations
  • Fosters the development of critical and culturally competent writing skills

Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 28, 2017
  • Page Count 304
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826194480

Table of Contents 

Part I

Chapter One: Why Write?

Chapter Two: Critical Thinking for the Justice Professional

Chapter Three: Cultural Competency for the Justice Professional

Part II

Chapter Four: Writing in Law Enforcement

Chapter Five: Writing for the Courts

Chapter Six: Writing for Probation and Parole

Chapter Seven: Writing for the Corrections Officer

Chapter Eight: Grant Writing for the Justice Professional

Chapter Nine: Writing with the Mind and Body

Part III

Fundamentals of Effective Writing

Glossary of Writing and Writing Errors

Part IV

Primary Field Documents for Chapters Four, Five, Six and Seven