CJ340 IP4 Slippery Slope

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Explain the "slippery slope" and its relationship to gratuities in detail, using examples. 2. Discuss each of the theories regarding public corruption that Delattre writes about in the textbook: • Society-at-Large Hypothesis • Structural or Affiliation Hypothesis • Rotten Apple Hypothesis Provide examples of each theory. Use at least one outside research source, including academic journals, to support your view. The paper should: • Length should be 3 pages, excluding cover page and references page • Viewpoint and purpose should be clearly established and sustained • Assignment should follow the conventions of Standard American English (correct grammar, punctuation, etc.) • Writing should be well ordered, logical, and unified, as well as original and insightful • Your work should display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics • Appropriate citation style should be followed

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CJ340-IP4NameClassDateProfessorSlippery Slope The Slippery Slope is a theory or a fallacy that discusses how even the smallest amount of corruption can escalate into full blown corruption in the criminal justice system. When police officers, prosecutor, judges, or other criminal justice professionals fail to applies ethical decision making concerning even the slightest appearance of corruption the result will be an environment where corruption is bred. The simple gratuity is an example of the slippery slope. If a police officer accepts free donuts from a gas station they may be also capable of accepting bigger bribes to look the other way if crime where to occur or to ensure police would respond more quickly to this gas station because they offer the police officer small gratuity's. The simple gratuity, such as the free donut, does not appear to be a major ethical problem but based on the slippery slope hypothesis this behavior could quickly escalate into something more unethical. If a police officer can make one exception to the rule it is only justified to think they will allow other exceptions to occur. Some argue the police should never, under any circumstances, receive any gratuity, tip, or extra recognition for doing their job (Delattre, 1996).When we open the door to unethical behavior more unethical behavior will follow as a result. A police officer or other criminal justice professional is a public official that has a greater resp

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