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NCJ Number: 156846 Find in a Library
Title: Communicating the Write Way
Author(s): M Brown Jr
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, KY 40475
National Juvenile Detention Assoc
Richmond, KY 40475
Sale Source: Eastern Kentucky University
Dept of Correctional Training Resource Ctr
202 Perkins Building
Richmond, KY 40475
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video provides guidelines for correctional staff in writing incident reports.
Abstract: The format consists of lecture and charts that outline the presentation, along with displays of participant exercises. The lecturer first discusses the importance and benefit of report- writing, which include documentation of incidents in the event of related lawsuits and clarification of the situation. Some guidelines for writing are to know what you want to write, to assess readers' needs, to anticipate questions, to use language that is clearly understood, and to provide a complete report. A complete report contains who was involved in the incident in any way, what happened, where it occurred, when it happened (date and time), how events unfolded, why they occurred, and any action taken. The four "C's" mentioned for report-writing are conciseness, clarity, completeness, and correctness. Each of these topics is explained and illustrated through writing samples. Some common errors in report-writing are also outlined.
Main Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention staff training
Index Term(s): Correctional report writing training; Legal liability; Report writing
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