Week 7 Case Study – Corruption within Community Corrections
The police arrested Jack Daniels for driving under the influence of alcohol. Daniels had no criminal history, which made him eligible for diversion. If Daniels completes his diversionary contract within 90-days, the court will dismiss his charges. Daniels accept the diversion contract in which he must attend a group counseling meeting each week for 90-days given by Mike Ponzi a community corrections counselor.
Daniels happens to have a good job and makes 200,000 dollars a year. After attending the first counseling meeting, Daniels feels that these meetings are beneath him and a waste of time. At the second meeting, Daniels waits for all the other members to leave then approaches Ponzi, and says, “I would like to offer you two roundtrip airline tickets to anywhere in the Continental U.S. All you have to do is sign off on my attendance sheet that I have to turn into the court to prove that I attended all my meetings.”
Ponzi replies, “I suppose it would not hurt anything to sign off on your sheet, you are not a repeat offender. I will do it but if you ever say I did this, I will tell the court that you forged my signature.”
Daniels hands Ponzi the airline ticket vouchers.
Ponzi postdated the rest of the meetings on Daniels attendance sheet, signs off on it, hands it back to Daniels and says, “It is a pleasure doing business with you.”
In a 2 to 3 paragraphs, a minimum of 250 words, identify the ethical system that you believe explains the scenario above- support your response. Also, apply information from chapter 13 and discuss some of the consequences that may occur from Ponzi’s misconduct. Give an example of how organizations can reduce unethical behaviors from community correction personnel.
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Type all Case Studies in Times New Roman 12pt font – include the header, title page, and reference page; APA formatting is required in this course. Use at least two reference sources – one is your textbook, and one may be taken from the course or the Grantham Library. Additional references may be obtained from the Internet. Citing your references by using parenthetical citations (in-text citations) is a skill that each student must demonstrate in this course.
The different characteristics of corrections professional and ethical dilemmas
After Badpenny’s cellmate, Scandell spoke with the prosecuting attorney about testifying against Badpenny in exchange for leniency on some of her charges, the prosecuting attorney drafted a plea agreement and sent it to Liddy’s office. The prosecuting attorney will use Scandell’s testimony if this case goes to trial. However, the prosecuting attorney would prefer to avoid a trial altogether and save the taxpayers some money by settling this case with a plea agreement. When drafting the plea agreement, the prosecuting attorney took into account that Badpenny has no prior criminal history.
Liddy Gate, Badpenny’s attorney, met with Badpenny in the jail and presented her with a plea agreement offer drawn up by the prosecuting attorney. Liddy, said, “Badpenny, this is a good deal and probably the best you will get from the prosecution. Especially in light of the recent events with Scandell who will testify against you and then in court it becomes your word against hers.”
Badpenny said, “But Scandell is lying can’t you do something about her testifying against me, are there not laws that prevent this from happening?”
Liddy responded, “Even though Scandell is lying; I believe it will damage your chances of avoiding prison time with a jury. I recommend you look over the plea agreement and truly consider it as an option.”
Badpenny agreed to look at the plea agreement and read the terms out-loud in front of Liddy. “I am to wear a GPS ankle bracelet for 5-years for the possession of methamphetamine charge, which will run concurrent with my official misconduct charge, and the prosecution will drop the possession of drug paraphernalia charge. I then will have to report to a probation officer twice a month during the five years, maintain employment, no negative contact with the police, and I cannot associate with any known felons.” Badpenny asks, “Does this include my boyfriend, Mitch Dreadford?”
Liddy, replies, “Yes, and if you agree to this plea agreement, I can get you in front of the judge this afternoon, and you would be out of jail by early this evening. However, once you get released, I will have to drive you to Community Corrections where you will get fitted for your GPS ankle bracelet and then I can drop you off at home.”
Badpenny replies, “Well I am tired of being in jail and if this is the best deal you think I will get, then I will agree to the plea agreement.”
This week use the information from chapter 12 and complete a 2 to 3–page paper, discussing the different options a Community Correctional personnel will use to “promote rehabilitation for the client [the accused] and safety and security for the community” (Pollock, 2019, p. 389). Explain the four different types of probation and parole officers described in our textbook; identify which one you believe would help Badpenny be successful during her five-year probationary period. In addition, discuss some of the dilemmas that probation and parole officers face, and how selective enforcement regarding reporting infractions or revoking an offender’s release may not be ethical.
Type all papers in Times New Roman 12pt font – include the header, title page, and reference page; APA formatting is required in this course. Use at least two scholarly reference sources such as the textbook and scholarly peer-reviewed articles obtained from the Grantham Library. Additional references may be procured from the Internet. Citing your references by using parenthetical citations (in-text citations) is a skill that each student must demonstrate in this course.
Each week, you will be asked to respond to the prompt or prompts in the discussion forum. Your initial post should be 75-150 words in length, and is due on Sunday. By Tuesday, you should respond to two additional posts from your peers.
According to Pollock (2019), “Patterns of corruption also seem to occur when there is a deficit of resources, including understaffing, deferred maintenance leading to decrepit facilities, and seeming lack of care and attention from the top management” (p. 401).
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Using this information, discuss how the lack of resources and operational decisions create a dangerous environment that contributes to correctional officer misconduct and corruption. Identify how correctional organizations can reduce unethical conduct by correctional personnel.