Write a 10 – 12
page research paper on an important ethical subject where they develop and
ethics policy. In essence, you have the opportunity to solve an ethical dilemma
on a grand scale. Students should identify an ethical topic they are interested
in studying and create a policy and/or a recommendation to a state governing
agency about how this ethical issue should be handled moving forward. Your
choices should be fueled by empirical research and scholarly sources on the
subject. This ethical issue will impact more than just your own individual
self—it will affect the lives of all those across the state or even the
country. Your job is to write a research paper for the state governor to use
as the basis for his/her decision on this issue.
As you write your paper, consider the moral rules that will support your
General structure of your policy analysis
1. Conduct a brief review/synopsis of the relevant facts.
2. Identify what you believe to be the major ethical issues and the relevant
underlying values of each opposing side.
3. Set forth your recommendations for the continued use, modification, or
discontinuation of this policy. Your decision must have some sort of rationale
behind it. This is where you will present an answer to the policy issue at
hand. Before you can do this, you will have to decide on what ethical system
underlies your analysis. There is no right/wrong system of ethics—choose the
one with which you most closely identify. If you are a utilitarian, your stance
may be very different than if you identify with ethical formalism or an ethic
of care. But, as we know from our class exercises, despite our different
ethical systems, we may encounter the same results.
The waiver of
very young offenders (namely, “kids that kill”) to adult court and making them
subject to adult processing and punishment
Please adhere to these
page, Abstract, Introduction, Body of the Paper, Conclusion.
The papers should have a brief introduction, appropriate
transitions between topic areas, and a short conclusion. I am interested in
each student’s ability to craft an organized approach to an ethical issue in
criminal justice. Synthesize the literature on the subject and critically
assess the ethical issue.
Substance: Each student should
be able to craft a well-reasoned ethical argument. Since we will be addressing
“hot” topics of current debate, emotions will run high. However, please try to
support your argument with more than just emotion. Where appropriate, essays
should draw from course readings, lectures, and discussions particular to the
References: Consult at
least five (5) outside peer reviewed sources to complete this assignment (the
course readings do not count). Please consider the five-source requirement as
establishing the baseline; students seeking higher grades are advised to
broaden their research.
THESE MUST BE PEER REVIEWED
APA citation is an absolute