Ethical Issues In Corrections

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There are multiple parts that make up a prison community. One of the main components of the prison culture is the correctional officer. These are the individuals that are responsible for the security at correctional facilities such as a prison or jails, are better known as CO’s or correctional officers. Typically, the higher the security levels of the prison, the lower the ratio of inmates to correctional officers. The CO's are there to keep the prisoner's in order, but what about officers'? There are ethics and codes that officers themselves must abide by, set by the prison just like the convicts they oversee daily.
Criminal Justice professionals make decisions every day and they have to be able to recognize when an issue involves ethical issues. Therefore, in order to recognize these issues and make appropriate and smart decisions, it is important that the criminal justice professional study ethics. In order to make a good ethical decision, the officers' will have the ability to apply knowledge of ethics, know the ethical terminology and the concepts needed in making a good
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There is no way you can expect to properly perform your duty if your behavior is unethical itself. Corrections officers who are found to be in violation of the code, or any of its provisions, are sanctioned accordingly. Gross violations have harsher punishments, not excluding forced resignation or dismissal (usually for administrative cases), and court action (especially if the breaches involve criminal offenses). Examples include: engaging in corrupt activity, coddling inmates who smuggle illegal substances into the facility, fraternizing with charges (including parolees and other conditionally released convicts) or their family members, and disrespecting the rights of inmates. ("Principles of Professional Conduct | CorrectionalOfficer.org,"
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