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The SAGE Guide to Writing in Corrections
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The SAGE Guide to Writing in Corrections



April 2020 | 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: Incident Reports and Beyond
Writing Well

 
Basic Writing Skills

 
Writing the Narrative

 
Editing

 
Types of Reports

 
 
Chapter 5: Other Documents: Memos, Letters, Emails, Cover Letters, and Resumes
Writing Business-Related Documents

 
Memos

 
Letters

 
Emails

 
Cover Letters and Resumes

 
 
Chapter 6: Academic Paper Formats: What is APA Formatting?
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

 
Use Databases

 
Evaluating Sources

 
How to Read a Scholarly Article

 
Writing a Literature Review

 
Writing the Essay

 
Working and Annotated Bibliographies

 

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 3. Reports From Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Officers


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