Discussion: The courts and the Legislature

Discussion: The courts and the Legislature

Discussion: The courts and the Legislature

ORDER NOW FOR AN ORIGINAL PAPER ASSIGNMENT: Discussion: The courts and the Legislature

Module 7 Active Learning

The article for this module’s active learning discussion highlights another side of the Justice System: The courts and the legislature.

Click here to read, “Judges On Wrong Side Of The Law,” by the Associated Press.

This link can also be accessed in the Webliography.

Though the acts do not necessarily talk about the criminal justice system, they talk about white color crime; judges that should be impartial and legislators that should be concerned with laws that are beneficial to the people and not special interests.

The question we should ask ourselves is, how can we work to improve the judicial and legislative system’s ethics to make them as free from corruption as possible?

Public trust is an important factor and your views and thoughts as to creating a more ethical environment in the judiciary and legislative branches of government is sought. Please discuss and have a lively discourse on this very important topic.

NOTE: MOST judges and legislators, like most police officers, are honest; this is not an impeachment of the system but a sharing of views as to how we can make it a better system.

This article is from the Associated Press. If political parties were removed from the context, it would be applicable to both parties.

Module 8 Active Learning

This is your last active learning discussion (a collective sigh of relief can be heard).

In Chapter 15 of your textbook, the author discussed various factors that shape and determine our style of ethical inquiry, including feminist and masculine factors.

Please develop, while using outside sources, your own set of personal questions you might ask yourself when confronted with an ethical dilemma or situation and share them with each other.

An interesting one is the Bell, Book, and Candle. This system suggests that you ask yourself three questions before making a decision in an ethical situation:

Bell – Does the decision or action sound right?

Book – Does the decision violate any written laws, rules, or policies?

Candle – How will the decision look when exposed to the “light of day,” or public scrutiny?

Each student is expected to have created and shared an ethical questionnaire that is simple and easily remembered to help the learner lead him/herself to ethical conclusions as each of you begin and/or continue your work in the criminal justice system.

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