Criminal law moves and lives in public institutions. Life and death ethics moves and lives in individuals. This is the area in which ethics is closest to criminal law. Ethical laws are generally in two categories: negative, things you should not do and positive, things you should do. In the case of Correctional Facilities, ethics is commonly called a Code of Conduct or Code of Ethics. Employees of the Georgia Department of Corrections on all levels are inherently held to a higher standard of conduct. All employees are required to follow strict work rules and standards of behavior both during work hours and non-work hours. There is no such thing as, “What I do in my off-hours is my business.” Georgia Governor’s Executive Order dated January 13, 2003, establishes a Code of Ethics for Executive Branch Officers and Employees. Georgia Department of Corrections Standard Operating Procedures (revised December 15, 2006), incorporates this Code of Ethics which sets a minimum standard of conduct for all employees of the Department of Corrections. Correctional Facilities at all levels, such as, the Colquitt County Correctional Institute and the Colquitt County Jail must comply with these minimal standards of conduct and may have additional and or more specific standards for their staff tailored to their specific mission. The following is a synopsis of the procedures for all Department of Corrections employees and are incorporated in both the Colquitt County Correctional Institutes and Colquitt County Jail’s Standard Operating Procedures: 1.
Employees must conduct themselves in a manner which reflects credit upon themselves and the Department of Corrections while on-duty and off-duty. 2.
Employees shall not drive any motorized vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (BAC of .02 or greater while on-duty and BAC of .08 or greater off-duty) or any other drug whether legal or illegal. They are also prohibited from possession, manufacture, or distribution of illegal...
Cited: Georgia Department of Corrections – Standard Operating Procedures (December 15, 2006)
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