This week we include a thought-provoking piece about ethics - how they're developed, the meaning behind them, why they should be incorporated, and how a lack of them can lead to the ultimate downfall of any industry.
Jim, Corrections.com editor
Criminal justice ethics - a view from the top
By Steven R. Eastvedt
What we should do
For many years I have talked to various high-ranking administrators in both law enforcement and corrections about the necessity for providing ethics education and training programs in the criminal justice field. Typically, both police and corrections administrators seem very receptive and supportive to the concept and the necessity of ethics education and training, but in the long run do not pursue actual steps toward the development and implication of such programs for their staff. The most common argument they offer for not pursuing ethics education and training concerns a lack of funding.
Although I do not have access to the costs of legal fees and damage awards litigating a single tort claim and lawsuit resulting from an ethics violation, it seems an ethical education and training program would be the better bargain. The only real conceptual problem is the simple fact that despite implementing the best possible ethics education and training program, it is impossible to insure that ethical violations will no longer occur. This too has been an argument by some administrators to justify apprehension for funding such programs. Read this week's full story.
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"All the President is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway."
- Harry S. Truman (1884 - 1972) 33rd U.S. president, in a letter to his sister, Nov. 14, 1947