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For this milestone, review the Final Project Guidelines and Rubric document.In a paragraph, state which scenario you will use for your project. Explain your reasons for choosing this scenario. Identify what you think will be most difficult for you with this project.Consider posting any questions that you may have about the final in the General Questions discussion as other students many have the same question or comments.To complete this assignment, review the Milestone One Guidelines and Rubric document.
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JUS 455 Milestone One Guidelines and Rubric
Overview: For this milestone, review the Final Project Rubric. In a paragraph (3–7 sentences), state which scenario you will use for your final project. Explain
your reasons for choosing this scenario. Identify what you think will be most difficult for you with this project.
Critical Elements
Identification of
Selected Scenario
Provides Reasons
for Scenario
Selection
Identification of
Potential
Difficulty
Mechanics
Proficient (100%)
Clearly and fully identifies selected
scenario
Clearly provides reasons for scenario
selection
Clearly and fully identifies any potential
difficulty with final project
No errors related to organization,
grammar, and style
Needs Improvement (75%)
Not Evident (0%)
Does not identify selected scenario
Value
20
Provides incomplete or illogical reasons
for scenario selection
Does not provides reasons for scenario
selection
32
Addresses potential difficulties but
difficulties are unrelated or clearly
addressed in the final project
document
Some errors related to organization,
grammar, and style
Does not identify any potential
difficulty with final project
28
Major errors related to organization,
grammar, and style
Earned Total
20
100%
JUS 455 Final Project: Case Study Ethical Analysis
Overview
If you are going to work at any position in the criminal justice system, you will be faced with ethical dilemmas. This is a f act that you cannot change or control.
What you can control is how you react to those situations. One wrong reaction could cost you your career. In today’s society, our actions are constantly being
monitored. Now more than ever, justice workers’ actions are being called into question. While you are expected to do the righ t thing when others are watching,
the true test of character is what you do when no one is watching.
In the final assessment, you will play the role of criminal justice worker depicted in one of the three scenarios below. You will use the skills gained in this course
to properly identify the legal dilemma(s), identify the facts relevant to each dilemma, and describe the course of action you would take and why. Additionally,
you will identify what personal values you may call upon in making a decision, what duties you have based on the situation, and whether or not those values and
duties are in conflict.
This assessment addresses the following course outcomes:




Analyze changes in society for determining their impact on ethics in law enforcement
Analyze moral foundations for their impact on ethics in the United States
Assess the role of society for its impact on creating or changing laws
Assess ethical boundaries of a criminal justice employee for determining an effective course of action when confronted with e thical dilemmas
The project is supported by three formative milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality
final submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Modules One, Two, and Five. The final paper will be submitted in Module Seven.
Scenario #1
Joe is a corrections officer in a juvenile detention center and works on a unit housing 15 offenders, many of whom suffer from mental health problems. Joe has
worked there for about two months. He feels comfortable with his job and has been accepted by the other staff members. He has not had any significant
problems with the juveniles and is generally enjoying his work.
It is lunchtime on Monday, and Joe is in the dining room supervising the juveniles as they eat. At one table sit six juveniles, o ne of whom is a 17-year-old named
Brian, whom Joe thinks has a mental disability. Brian is displaying offensive behavior that is so bad that Joe cannot eat his own meal. Brian keeps adding ketchup
in vast quantities to every dish, then slurping it from the plate. Brian uses his hands instead of a fork. Brian talks with h is mouth full, causing him to spit his food
across the table in front of the other juveniles. Joe can see that the other juveniles are repulsed by Brian’s behavior and are getting upset by his actions.
Joe is surprised to see his coworker and mentor Darren suddenly get up from where he i s seated, go over to Brian, grab him by his shirt, and move him away
from the table. Darren takes Brian off to the kitchen and returns with a large mixing bowl. In front of everyone, Darren tells Brian to scrape out what is left of his
meal into the large bowl. Darren then takes Brian to the center of the dining room floor, puts the bowl of food on the floor, and tells him to eat. Darren tells
Brian that he has disgusting manners, and if he is going to act like an animal while eating, he may as well get dow n on the floor like a dog and eat from his bowl.
Darren tells Brian to stay on the floor and lick his bowl clean, like the animal that he is. The other juveniles are visibly upset at what Darren has done.
Joe does not do or say anything to Darren while this is going on, though he is taken aback by his coworker’s actions. Later, Darren explains to Joe and other staff
who were present that the reason he acted this way was to shock Brian into understanding that his table manners were inappropriate. Darren thought if he used
“tough love” on Brian that he would be less likely to act that way in the future.
Scenario #2
You are working the midnight shift as a police officer. You receive a call to respond to a one-car accident where the car left the roadway and impacted with a
tree. Upon your arrival, you see the badly damaged car up against the tree. There are no skid marks apparent and no witnesses around. You approach the car
and find the apparent driver behind the wheel. You immediately recognize the driver to be the mayor of your town. You immediately notice signs that the mayor
is impaired by alcohol, including the smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, the slurring of his speech, and the lethargy he is exhibiting. The
mayor tells you that he swerved to avoid a dog, lost control and hit the tree. The mayor is not injured. When you ask the mayor if he has consumed alcohol, he
tells you that he was at retirement dinner and only had one glass of wine. The mayor asks you to just complete an accident report and give him a ride home. You
question him further, telling him you are concerned that he was driving while impaired. The mayor tells you that he is not im paired and not to worry about
anything because you never actually saw him driving. The mayor goes on to tell you that he will not say anything to anyone, and he lets you know that he has a
lot of influence with what goes on at the police station, and that he has had his eye on you as an up-and-comer. You know that you could just complete an
accident report identifying the cause of the accident as swerving to avoid an animal in the roadway. If you do not tell anyone that the mayor was drinking and he
does not tell anyone, what is the worst that could happen?
Scenario #3
You are a new officer. An armed robbery takes place on your route where the store clerk has been stabbed and you respond with numerous other, more
experienced officers. At the scene, you and another experienced officer find a car parked in an odd manner, adjacent to the store that got robbed. One officer
reviews the surveillance footage and is able to broadcast a description of the suspect. You run the license plate on the car you found and learn that the owner
matches the general description of the suspect. Additionally, you learn that the registered owner of the car only lives a couple of blocks away. You and the more
experienced officer respond to this address to attempt to locate the car owner and see if they were involved. When you get to the apartment of the registered
owner, you notice that the lights are on within the apartment and you can hear noises coming from within. No one responds to your knocks on the door. You
radio this information into the shift commander, and ask permission to kick the door in based upon the circumstances. The shift commander radios back that
you should not enter, and to secure the apartment until detectives arrive. Your more experienced partner becomes upset and st ates that he is not going to let
the detectives make his arrest.
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With that, he kicks the door in and you both enter the apartment and locate the car owner. Ultimately, the officer who observed the suspect on surveillance
video comes to the apartment and positively identifies this person as the person who committed the arme d robbery. He is taken into custody. Detectives arrive
on scene. Your partner tells the detectives that the door was partially opened and that the suspect eventually came to the do or where he was identified. Your
partner also tells the detectives that they may want to get a search warrant as there is a bloodied knife under the mattress in the bedroom. Detectives get a
search warrant and do find the knife. Your partner tells you that he will take care of the report. In the report, he document s the story outlined above, including
that the suspect ultimately came to the door. He also leaves out the fact that he searched around inside the apartment, finding the knife before the detectives
got to the scene. The case has proceeded to trial, and you are aware that the defendant’s lawyer has filed a motion to suppress evidence, stating that the police
made an illegal entry by kicking their way into the apartment. The prosecutor says there is nothing to worry about because th e report clearly indicates that the
door was partially open, and that the defendant willingly opened the door and came out after a short period. What do you do?
Prompt
Pick one of the scenarios to address: You should recognize a variety of ethical dilemmas as you read through this case study. Identify each ethical dilemma.
Explain what the dilemma is and why it raises an ethical issue. Explain which facts are important to understanding the nature of the issue. What ethical theories
would you rely upon in determining how to best handle each situation? Identify what personal values you may call upon in making a decision as to how to
handle the situation. What duties are involved in the situation, and to who or what is the duty owed? Do the duties conflict at all, and if so, how?
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I.
Ethics and Society Overview
a. Describe the impact society has on ethical behavior in law enforcement. Use specific examples to support your claim.
b. Determine why it is important that society has a say on ethical expectations within law enforcement. Why is it important for law enforcement to
listen?
c. Explain the relationship between society and the development of law. Defend your response with specific examples.
d. Assess the importance of society’s role in the development of law. Why is it important for lawmakers to listen?
e. Analyze the relationship between morality and ethics within American law enforcement.
f. Explain how society’s changing views may impact ethical guidelines within American law enforcement. Defend your response.
Select one (1) of the scenarios and answer the following questions.
II.
Scenario
Select one (1) of the scenarios and answer the following questions.
a. Identify the ethical dilemma raised by the facts and explain what the ethical dilemma is.
b. What makes this dilemma ethical? What ethics does this dilemma challenge?
c. Describe the factors that led to the dilemma. How can these factors inform your course of action?
d. What implications should be considered when determining your course of action? Why?
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III.
Ethical Theories and Personal Values
a. Identify the ethical theory you would rely upon to address this dilemma, and describe why it would be effective.
b. How do you separate personal morals from ethics, and why is this important?
c. When is it appropriate to let your morals guide your actions? Why?
IV.
Duties
a.
b.
c.
d.
Describe your course of action if you were faced with this dilemma. Why would this reaction be appropriate and effective?
What is your responsibility as a professional in this scenario? Defend your response.
Does your ethical responsibility take precedence over your personal views? What do you do if the two are conflicting?
Identify the impact of society’s changing views of acceptable behavior as it applies to a criminal justice practitioner’s duties.
Milestones
Milestone One: Scenario Selection
In Module One, you will review the Final Project Rubric and, in a paragraph, state which scenario you will use for your final project. Explain your reasons for
choosing this scenario and identify what you think will be most difficult for you with this project. This milestone is graded with the Milestone One Rubric.
Milestone Two: Scenario Overview Short Paper
In Module Two, you will describe the ethical dilemma chosen to support your final project in a 1–2 page short paper. This milestone is graded with the
Milestone Two Rubric.
Milestone Three: Theories, Values, and Duties Short Paper
In Module Five, you will describe the theories, personal values, and personal responsibilities as it relates to your selected scenario in a 2–3 page short paper.
This milestone is graded with the Milestone Three Rubric.
Final Submission: Case Study Ethical Analysis
In Module Seven, you will submit your final case study ethical analysis. In this final submission, you will identify the issue and explain the proper action that
should be taken utilizing the tools gained through this course. Also, you will recommend agency policies to put in place to p revent these ethical dilemmas from
arising in the first place. This submission will be graded using the Final Project Rubric (below).
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Final Project Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: Your case study ethical analysis needs to be 6–8 pages in length, using 12-point Times New Roman font and following APA guidelines.
Critical Elements
Overview:
Ethical Behavior
Exemplary (100%)
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
draws connections between
societal trends and changes in law
enforcement ethics
Proficient (85%)
Describes the impact of society on
ethical behavior in law
enforcement and supports claim
with specific examples
Overview:
Meets “Proficient” criteria and is
Ethical Expectations supported with specific examples
Overview:
Development
of Law
Overview:
Society’s Role
Determines why it is important for
society to have a say in ethical
expectations within law
enforcement, and establishes why
law enforcement agencies should
listen
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
Explains the relationship between
cites scholarly research in defense society and the development of
of claims
law, and defends response with
specific examples
Meets “Proficient” criteria and is Assesses the importance of
supported with specific examples society’s role in the development
of law, and includes why it is
important for lawmakers to listen
Overview:
Morality and
Ethics
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
supports claims with specific
examples
Analyzes the relationship between
morality and ethics within
American law enforcement
Overview:
Changing Views
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
supports response with specific
examples
Scenario:
Ethical Dilemma
Meets “Proficient” criteria and is
well qualified with concrete
examples
Explains the impact of society’s
changing views on ethical
guidelines within American law
enforcement and defends
response
Identifies the ethical dilemma
raised by the facts, and explains
what the ethical dilemma is
Needs Improvement (55%)
Describes the impact of society on
ethical behavior in law
enforcement, but does not
support claims with specific
examples
Determines why it is important for
society to have a say in ethical
expectations within law
enforcement, but does not
establish why law enforcement
agencies should listen
Explains the relationship between
society and the development of
law, but does not defend
response with specific examples
Assesses the importance of
society’s role in the development
of law, but does not include why it
is important for lawmakers to
listen
Analyzes the relationship between
morality and ethics, but analysis is
not specific to American law
enforcement
Explains the impact of society’s
changing views on ethical
guidelines within American law
enforcement, but does not defend
response
Identifies the ethical dilemma
raised by the facts, but does not
explain what the ethical dilemma
is
Not Evident (0%)
Does not describe the impact of
society on ethical behavior in law
enforcement
Value
5.7
Does not determine why it is
important for society to have a
say in ethical expectations within
law enforcement
5.7
Does not explain the relationship
between society and the
development of law
5.7
Does not assess the importance of
society’s role in the development
of law
5.7
Does not analyze the relationship
between morality and ethics
5.7
Does not explain the impact of
society’s changing views on
ethical guidelines within American
law enforcement
5.7
Does not identify the ethical
dilemma raised by the facts
5.7
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Scenario:
Ethical
Scenario:
Factors
Scenario:
Implications
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
demonstrates a nuanced
understanding of ethical
implications
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
describes specific instances where
factors can inform the course of
action
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
supports response with specific
examples
Ethical Theories and Meets “Proficient” criteria and
Personal Values:
supports claims with scholarly
Ethical Theory
sources
Ethical Theories and Meets “Proficient” criteria and
Personal Values:
provides specific examples
Personal Morals
Ethical Theories and Meets “Proficient” criteria and
Personal Values:
provides specific relevant
Actions
scenarios to support claims
Duties: Course
of Action
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
claims are well qualified
Duties:
Responsibility
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
supports response with specific
examples from scenario
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
solutions are relevant and
plausible
Duties:
Precedence
Determines what makes the
Determines what makes the
dilemma ethical and what ethics it dilemma ethical, but does not
challenges
address what ethics it challenges
Does not determine what makes
the dilemma ethical
5.7
Describes factors that led to the
dilemma, and how factors can
inform a course of action
Describes factors that led to the
dilemma, but does not address
how factors can inform a course
of action
Identifies implications that should Identifies implications that should
be considered when determining be considered when determining
a course of action, and defends
a course of action, but does not
response
defend response
Identifies ethical theory to
Identifies ethical theory to
address dilemma, and describes
address dilemma, but does not
why it would be effective
describe why it would be effective
Does not describe factors that led
to the dilemma
5.7
Does not identify implications that
should be considered when
determining a course of action
5.7
Does not identify ethical theory to
address dilemma
5.7
Determines how to separate
personal morals from ethics, and
establishes importance of
separation
Determines when it is appropriate
to let morals guide actions, and
defends claims
Does not determine how to
separate personal morals from
ethics
5.7
Does not determine when it is
appropriate to let morals guide
actions
5.7
Does not describe course of action
5.7
Does not determine the
responsibility of a professional in
the scenario
Does not establish if ethical
responsibility takes precedence
over personal views
5.7
Describes course of action and
why reaction would be
appropriate and effective
Determines how to separate
personal morals from ethics, but
does not establish importance of
separation
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