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.

Incident Reports and Beyond

Chapter 4 Incident reports and beyond

The nature of the corrections environment mandates that officers document their actions and other incidents in a narrative format. The report narrative written by a corrections officer is very similar to that written by a police officer. Just as a police officer must write a narrative incident report detailing a criminal event or other activity, a corrections officer must often do the same. A narrative report can be used to officially document most events, including inmate criminal activity, violation of institutional policy, discovered contraband, officer and inmate injuries, and incidents between officers and inmates, as well as those between inmates. Agency documents may also be used to justify inmate discipline, segregation, or use of force ...

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