The Criminal Justice Student Writer's Manual (2nd Edition)

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9780130932570: The Criminal Justice Student Writer's Manual (2nd Edition)

For courses in Criminal Justice Writing and Criminal Justice Research.The Criminal Justice Student Writer's Manual is designed to teach beginning students how to conduct criminal justice research and write papers in the discipline. This comprehensive resource frees instructors from having to teach the details of the writing process. It is a valuable tool for all criminal justice courses that ask students to write--from introductory classes through advanced undergraduate classes. Would your students benefit from a writing manual tied specifically to Criminal Justice?

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The Criminal Justice Student Writer's Manual addresses the growing need for simple, direct communication. It's a sad fact that many people today lack this important skill. Administrators of criminal justice agencies are looking for people who can condense large reports into a concise sheet of facts. They want men and women who can report an agency's day-to-day activities, and not just accurately but with an understanding of their implications.

The Criminal Justice Student Writer's Manual will help you organize your thoughts in order to write clearly and accurately. Rather than prescribing rules, it helps you say what needs to be said—simply, honestly, and to the point. As you develop this skill, you will find that it will help you in countless ways throughout your career.

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The more complex criminal justice systems become, the greater the need for clear, direct communication. The sad reality is that many people have difficulty writing a simple declarative sentence. In all areas of criminal justice, no skill is recognized as more important than the ability to get messages on paper clearly in order to get business done. If you learn to write well, you will be more valuable in whatever line of work you pursue.

Administrators in criminal justice agencies are looking for people who can condense a mass of data to one sheet of clear comment. They are looking for men and women who can report the day-to-day activities of a complex system concisely and accurately. Administrators want more than undigested, descriptive data; they want to know what the experts in each area believe the data mean.

This book is designed to help you improve your writing. You will find principles and guidelines to help you write complex reports as well as summarize information into condensed presentations. Good writers know and use the terminology of their discipline. In writing reports and professional communication, criminal justice professionals often need to draw from the lexicon of several disciplines, e.g. law enforcement, forensics, psychology, sociology, law, and management. We have included a broad and extensive glossary to aid you in writing the assignments in this manual. As you continue to use this manual throughout your college and professional career, we hope your writing skills evolve and aid you in attaining your professional goals and objectives.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

We would like to thank Kim Davies, Sarah Holle, Miguel Ortiz, Mary Carnis, Rosie Jones, and all those who assisted in compiling and editing this book. We would also like to thank the following reviewers for their helpful comments:

– Robert Meadows, Californian Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, Ca.
– Ronald Holmes, University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky.
– Susann Welty-Barr, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR.
– Janet Hageman, San Jose State University, San Jose, Ca.

William Johnson
Richard Rettig
Greg Scott
Stephen Garrison

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