Write Plainly

As a criminal justice professional, you should strive to write plainly, efficiently, and clearly. You’ll save time, and so will your readers.  Here are some words and expressions that can (and should!) be simplified:

Avoid

Use Instead

utilize

use

single-click

click

for the purpose of

to

in the event that

if

if or when

if

the month of November

November

blue in color

blue

large in size

large

pull-down menu

menu

scream and yell

scream

brand-new

new

lower down

lower

PIN number

PIN

preplan

plan

preregister

register

For more suggestions about clarity and efficiency, go to www.PlainLanguage.gov.

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