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Professional Writing for the Criminal Justice System


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Jill Harrison, PhD, is an associate professor of sociology, Rhode Island College, and the director of the Justice Studies Program, which offers BA and MA programs to over 400 students. She has worked within the Rhode Island prison system since 2006 and is a court-appointed special advocate for children in state care. She has excellent working relationships with a variety of state agencies, including the correctional staff and administration, and has served as a consultant, instructor, and researcher with the RI Department of Corrections. In addition, she has provided training in cross-cultural communication for medical and social work staff who work with special populations throughout New England. Her current research is focused on the relationship between childhood trauma, drug use, and adult incarceration. Daniel Weisman, MSW, PhD, is professor emeritus of social work, Rhode Island College, and former chair, Bachelor of Social Work Department. He directed Rhode Island College's Applied Research and Training Project, and evaluated programs for several Rhode Island state departments, as well as private nonprofit agencies in numerous states. He was a certified site visitor for the Council on Social Work Education. He has coauthored four other books, including Professional Writing for the Criminal Justice System (Springer Publishing Company, 2017) and Professional Writing for Social Work Practice (Springer Publishing Company, 2013); written chapters in several anthologies; and published articles in social work and labor studies journals. Joseph Zornado, PhD, is professor of English at Rhode Island College. He has written articles and books on literature, media, and culture, and has coauthored two textbooks on the teaching of writing. His first scholarly monograph, Inventing the Child: Culture, Ideology, and the Story of Childhood, appeared in 2001. He recently completed a speculative trilogy, 2050: A Future History. He has coauthored Professional Writing for the Criminal Justice System (Springer Publishing Company, 2017) and Professional Writing for Social Work Practice (Springer Publishing Company, 2013), and wrote Disney and the Dialectic of Desire: Fantasy as Social Practice. He teaches courses in media and culture, children's literature and culture, literary theory, literature and film, and environmental studies, among others.

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