I taught in a prison school for almost four years and wrote my share of disciplinary reports and incident reports. This article by Ryan Shanks has some excellent suggestions for corrections reports.
I’d like to add two suggestions about Shanks’ model sentence: “During a targeted pat search due to the inmate’s suspicious behavior, I did discover a lock tied inside of a sock, which is commonly used as an impact weapon.”
a) Instead of “I did discover,” I’d write “I discovered.”
b) It would be helpful (especially if there’s a disciplinary hearing) to document what constituted “the inmate’s suspicious behavior.”
Still – this is an excellent article!