Ethics and Corrections Work Term Paper by Nicky

Ethics and Corrections Work
An overview of the American prison system.
# 147711 | 2,924 words | 9 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jun 17, 2011 in Law (Criminal) , Criminology (Criminal Justice and Corrections) , Ethics (General)

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This paper looks at the American prison system explaining concerns about the ethics of prison management. It identifies some of the practices that are being used today and provides an analysis of the situation and personal recommendations. The paper also includes information from studies that have been carried out on the subject.

Identifying Unethical Practices in Prisons Today
Analysis and Personal Ideas

From the Paper:

''Healthcare is not the only issue that inmates complain about, and some of their complaints are more far reaching than healthcare, because it impacts their lives in terms of the amount of time they spend incarcerated. The inmates must abide by rules of conduct, and, in some institutions, there are two sets of rules: the prison systems', the prisoners', and the guards'. When the authority invested in the guards is abused by guards who set no moral or ethical standards for their selves, then it vastly alter the length of time that an inmate spends in the system. Michael Santos (2003), himself once a prison inmate, writes about his experience and those experiences of people whom he came to know well during his own incarceration. To exemplify the power of the prison guards, whom work with the prisoners daily, Santos tells the story of a fellow inmate who was the victim an attempted extortion by the prison's guards (pp. 149-150). When the inmate failed to deliver on the guards' demands, the guards then planted drugs in the inmate's bunk (p. 150). The inmate was subsequently prosecuted, and received an extended sentence (p. 150).
''Often people will doubt these kinds of stories, because, after all, the inmates are already imprisoned for offenses like drugs, and often much worse kinds of crimes. This puts the inmates at risk of guards and other prison employees who might not embrace a high set of ethics or personal morals. Everyone wants to see crime punished, but when the crimes are being committed within the prison environment, people seem to be less concerned about them, even if they are crimes being committed by the guards or prison officials. People should, in fact, be very concerned about these kinds of crimes, because it is the prison officials and those employees, including guards, who are willing to commit crimes against people who are vulnerable, and then those same employees, guards or others are free, unlike the prisoners, to leave the institutions and move about society at the end of the day.''

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Dolovich, S. (2005). State Punishment and Private Prisons. Duke Law Journal, 55(3), 437+. Retrieved April 16, 2009, from Questia database:
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