CRIM 306 – Ethics for Justice Personnel
Individual Ethics Project Instructions
The purpose of this project and exercise is to identify an “ethical dilemma” facing a person, group, or agency associated with or part of the local, state, or federal government.
Ideally, the ethical issue should be one that is confronted by the criminal justice system in the broader sense (police, courts, corrections, etc.). Criminal Justice, practices, policies, and procedures that beg the question; of why or what’s wrong with this picture is a good place to start.
In prior classes, I selected the topic, however, this time, you will choose the topic. Be mindful, its relevance is critical to a successful assignment. The topic and issue should be clear and convincing to the audience/reader.
Once a topic is selected and defined, you should begin to answer the following questions at a minimum:
1. List the relevant (important) facts as you know them (research the issue). Separate fact from fiction;
2. Identify the precise moral / ethical question/issue to be answered;
3. List the moral principle (rule of society) that you might use to support your position;
4. Make and explain your decision (i.e., the moral and ethical course of conduct).
5. Justify your decision; why is this important, is there an issue of social consequence at the center, and justify you’re your conclusion with positive action.
6. Be prepared to discuss the topic, actions, and contrary view/alternate perspective (legal, political, social, and cultural influence on society) that challenge your course of action or decisions.
Frame your description of the dilemma, the ethical principles involved, and actual or potential resolutions in the context of the ethical theories we covered throughout the semester in class. Try to weave into the process/discussion the concepts of doing what is right, legal, and moral.
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