Ethics And Values In Criminal Justice

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Ethics and Values in the Criminal Justice System Ethics and Values in the Criminal Justice System Correctional officers’ face a lot of public scrutiny and media attention due to in-custody deaths/suicides, excessive force incidents and corruption. In order to avoid these types of incidents and law suits, agencies should complete a thorough background check to ensure they are hiring an officer with a superior set of ethics and values. “Typically, ethical codes are drawn around a set of very broad principles that provide a set of ideals to which the members of the profession should aspire.”(Faulk, 1995) In the corrections profession, ethical priorities are: protecting fellow officers, protecting inmates, protecting self and preserving institutional integrity. Most successful correctional officers possess the same set of values. These values include: honesty, integrity and the willingness to protect life without hesitation. An officer that does not possess these ethics and values is detrimental to his/her department. In Worcester, Massachusetts “five people, including a correctional officer and an inmate have been charged in connection with an alleged drug trafficking operation at the Worcester County Jail.”(O’Connor, 1998) This type of criminal activity is a black eye in the criminal justice profession and puts his/her coworker’s safety in jeopardy. The goal of every correctional officer is to make it home safely after every shift. “What’s race got to do with it?” (Cloud, 2001). Police officers have faced a great number of hurdles in the past couple of decades about ethics in law enforcement. Racial profiling is still around, but it isn’t used in the way as it was meant too. “Most criminologists credit former FBI chief of research Howard Teten with inventing (or at least popularizing) the idea of profiling”. (Cloud, 2001) In the past cops in certain

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