Ethical Behavior in Corrections: Best Practices
In this course, we define the term, “ethics” and describe the two basic ethical theories. We also examine the concept of ethical or principle-based management. We define the term discretion and explain how officers can make effective ethical decisions in situations that require discretion. We discuss how principle-based management is the key to ensuring an ethical correctional institution. We will review four basic types of ethical dilemmas and three principles of ethical decision making. Finally, before making a final decision, we will discuss using ethical checklists and test our gut reaction using the bell, book, and candle technique. Making ethical decisions is often tricky, so this training includes concrete interactive exercises to help you practice what you have learned. By thinking your way through these scenarios that you may face in your own setting, this training is a giant stride toward keeping yourself – and those you supervise – safe.