CJ102 Purdue Ethical Issues, Criminological Theories & Public Policy

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Review the following scenario:

A recent policy was implemented by Anytown’s Department of Job and Family Services regarding the issue of child endangerment. Any household that has one or more documented offense of domestic violence, child abuse, or drug or alcohol related offenses committed by the mother, father, guardian, and/or caregiver, will result in the removal of any child or children from the home.

The child will be placed in the care of the state, or foster care services, until documentation can prove that the offender has undergone any or all of the following, and has thus been “offense free” for a period of no less than 6 months: Alcohol and/or drug treatment, counseling, family therapy sessions, mental health treatment, anger management, life skills classes, and/or parenting classes.

The Department of Job and Family Services made reference to the social learning theory as providing support for this approach, as evidenced by research indicating that “aggressive children have parents who use aggressive tactics when dealing with others. For example, the children of wife batterers are more likely to use aggressive tactics themselves than children in the general population, especially if the victims (their mothers) suffer psychological distress from the abuse” (Siegel, 2019, p. 148).

In a minimum of 4 double-spaced pages (excluding the cover and references pages), write a critical essay voicing your opinion about the following issues:

  • Identify potential ethical/moral issues that could arise from implementing this new policy. Based on the conclusions you reach after taking all of this into account, share your opinion on whether the policy is considered an ethical one, based on its potential ramifications.
  • Consider the impact (be it positive or negative) on those involved in the above situation, specifically as it pertains to the overall welfare and well-being of the child. Describe the positive and/or negative impact the policy could have on society in general, or on the family unit. Be as objective as possible in examining the potential benefits of such a policy, as well as the possible negative effects.
  • Finally, did the Department of Job and Family Services misinterpret or misapply the social learning theory when planning and implementing the policy? Be sure to demonstrate how the social learning theory either does or does not apply to this scenario.


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Ethical Issues, Criminological Theories, and Public Policy




Ethical Issues, Criminological Theories, and Public Policy
Based on the above scenario, it is evident that there will be a vast range of potential
ethical issues that will emanate from implementing the policy at hand. To start with, there is the
issue of double jeopardy. The documented charges would imply that the case has gone via the
court system and the system has pronounced itself and given the ruling accordingly. Then
coming back and to take the children would look like giving another punishment to the offender
and this will be viewed as unconstitutional, immoral, and unethical.
Again, the implementing of the policy would seem unethical because it will mean that
even when a guardian, parent, or caregiver had single domestic violence at home, the state will
have to rehabilitate the child. However, some supporters of this policy may see this action being
significant to instill fear on parents, caregivers, and guardians who may be punishing their
children in goodwill (Prediger, Renk & Büchter et al., 2013). Further, this policy may look
unethical because some people have a lousy record about violence but by the course of their
parenthood they have changed their behaviors and implementing this policy implies that the
government will take their children as well.
Another unethical issue that could arise from implementing this policy is that those
people who committed an offense before bearing children will feel disgraced by having their
children put unde...

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