Ethical decision-making in a correctional setting impacts facility and public safety, personal and professional reputations, and the perception of corrections as a respected profession. This course will provide correctional officers and other ancillary staff working directly with offenders in jails, prisons, and community confinement facilities with information on why it is important for them to maintain ethical behavior and professional conduct. Common types of unethical behavior seen in corrections will be explored, and you will be directed to various documents your agency should have that outline agency-specific expectations and standards on professional and ethical behavior. You will also be given an opportunity to distinguish between ethical and unethical behavior through case scenarios.
This activity is approved for 2.50 contact hours.
This activity is approved for 2.50 STC credit hours.
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Ethical Behavior and Professional Conduct A. Priorities B. Officer Dycus C. Ethics D. Professional Conduct E. Effects of Unethical Behavior F. Your Role G. Not Just the Confined H. Common Types of Unethical Behavior I. Commission and Omission J. Review K. Summary Section 3: Elements of Ethics A. Elements of Ethics B. Taking the High Ground: Matters of Integrity C. Doing No Harm: Matters of No Maleficence D. According Dignity: Matters of Respect E. Benefiting Others: Matters of Beneficence F. Exercising Caution: Matters of Prudence G. Caring for Others: Matters of Compassion H. Seeking Fairness: Matters of Justice I. Promoting Autonomy: Matters of Self-Reliance J. Being Faithful: Matters of Fidelity K. Delivering Your Best: Matters of Excellence L. Review M. Summary Section 4: Guidance Down the Ethical Path A. Ask Yourself B. Mission Statement C. Code of Ethical Conduct D. Values/Value Statements E. How Staff Benefit F. Review G. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. References D. Congratulations! E. Exam F. BrainSparks
Subject Matter Expert: Joe Martin
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new staff joining the Relias Content Department. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 25 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, publication development, and training and technical assistance development and delivery.
Joe Martin is a career employee for the Kentucky Department of Corrections. Joe started his career as an officer in 1998. Joe was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 and to Lieutenant in 2005. Joe worked and supervised most security positions within a male and female facility while in security that include: Internal Affairs supervisor, Special Management Unit Supervisor, Shift Supervisor, Visitation Supervisor, Adjustment Committee, and Grievance Chairman. In 2012 Joe was again promoted to the Accreditation Manager. In 2013 Joe was promoted to Central Office and started in the PREA Executive department. In 2014 Joe gained his DOJ PREA auditor certification where he served as chair for many PREA Audits in Missouri and Kansas while the KY DOC was part of a consortium with several other states. During his career, he has also served as the Hostage Negotiation Team Leader and active member of the team. Joe’s accomplishments include Commissioner’s and Achievement awards for the department.
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