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NCJ Number: 169389 Find in a Library
Title: Corrections: A Victim of Situational Ethics
Journal: Crime & Delinquency  Volume:44  Issue:1  Dated:special issue (January 1998)  Pages:9-18
Author(s): A F Breed
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 10
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses, and cites examples of, how correctional progress has been negatively affected by situational ethics.
Abstract: Corrections has always been the stepchild of the justice family, never having its role clearly defined, the resources to carry out its many functions or a constituency to support its efforts. In addition, correctional leadership in the 1970s and 1980s became the victim of situational ethics, the altering of one's basic values to fit a specific situation. Illustrations of how correctional progress has been negatively affected by situational ethics include: (1) corrections have become politicized: (2) standards have been diluted; (3) courts have reverted to a hands-off policy regarding corrections; and (4) legislative restrictions have been placed on sound correctional programming. To counteract the effects of situational ethics and provide corrections leadership: standards must be performance based; correctional administrators must be encouraged to develop closer ties to legislative leadership and to participate in state and national organizations committed to upgrading corrections; and correctional administrators must become goal setters, policy developers, innovators, risk takers and entrepreneurs. Notes, references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Code of ethics; Correctional planning; Corrections management; Corrections policies; Corrections standards; Corrections trends; Court procedures; Courts; Legislative impact
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