Sample Proposal Memo
TO: Curtis Allen, ENG 112 Instructor
FROM: Mary Q. Student
DATE: October 2, 1998
SUBJECT: Research Paper Proposal
I have narrowed my research topic down to prison privatization. This is a subject that I am very interested in because I work for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, and this could possibly affect my job. In this paper I plan to do the following:
- General Topic. I plan to argue that private prisons are not the answer to our rising prison population. I want to explain why privatizing prisons is not going to save any money for taxpayers; it will only cost them more in the long run.
- Intended Audience. The intended audience for this research paper will be the citizens of the State of Ohio. This is a specialized audience. They are the taxpayers, and they need to be told the facts.
- Voice. My position as a writer will be that of an informer. I plan to inform people why this is not the way to solving our problems with prisons. It is also to be an advocate against prison privatization.
- Tentative Thesis. The statistics show that privatizing prisons does not save taxpayers money.