Topics: Ethics, Subculture, Business ethics Pages: 2 (417 words) Published: January 16, 2012
Cheri Cunningham
Week 8
Checkpoint: Correctional Sub-culture

A correctional officer has the same obligations and lawful up holdings as any other law enforcement officer. A correctional officer's subculture states that a correctional officer should always go to the aid of another officer, don't lug drugs, don't rat, never make a fellow officer look bad in front of inmates, and always support an officer in a dispute with an inmate. They must also always support an officer sanction against inmates, they can not be a white hat, showing behavior, attitude, or express sympathy for an inmate, maintain solidarity against all outside groups, and show positive concern for fellow officers, even if that includes when in sick leave, or any other situations.

The sub culture of correctional officers has changed over the years do to the entry of minorities, college educated, and women into rank, because of these adjustments, they can also create officers to make unethical decisions, and create ethical issues for correctional officers. Some officers are from the same neighborhoods, backgrounds, and share some of the same dis trust for administration as most inmates. This can cause for correction officers to identify with the inmate and not see them as animalistic but as someone who is worthy of human sympathy. Pluralistic ignorance is when a few members are outspoken and verbal, and the majority just remain silent even though they might not agree with the sub culture and their ethics.

Ethical issues that can arise from the act of identifying, and reciprocity,letting their relationships with inmates to get personal, might allow for an officer to overlook infractions or do illegal favors for an inmate because they may depend on them for important completion and smooth management of the tier. Just like an officer can be unethical for positive reasons, they can be so with negative ones as well. Just the same, if an officer doesn't like an inmate, they ignore personal...
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