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Ethical Dilemma Worksheet
1. What is the ethical issue or problem? Identify the issue succinctly.
The ethical issue is that husband has been convicted but since he went to war he has the capacity of a ten year old and may digress further if he is locked up for longer than a short period of time.
2. What are the most important facts? Which facts have the most bearing on the ethical decision presented? Include any important potential economic, social, or political pressures, and exclude inconsequential facts.
The husband was found guilty and has been convicted. He will further digress if locked up and can thus become a further burden on the criminal justice system because he may get violent.
3. Identify each claimant (key actor) who has an interest in the outcome of this ethical issue. From the perspective of the moral agent—the individual contemplating an ethical course of action—what obligation is owed to the claimant? Why? Claimant
Obligation (owed to the claimant)
Perspective (What does the claimant hope will happen?)
Right to fair treatment and
The husband hopes that he will get off without any jail time.
The Probation officer
Correctly do his job and uphold the justice system rules.
He hopes that he will make a fair decision in regards to the sentencing of the husband.
The right to keep citizens safe from criminals.
The husband will receive the right punishment and he will learn his lesson about drinking and driving.
4. What are two alternatives for the scenario? One alternative can be a wild card that you ordinarily may not consider an option because of potential implications. Both should be within free will and control of the same moral agent. Alternative A
The husband gets has to spend the 90 days in jails.
The husband is sentenced to home confinement and has to be placed on a mandatory drug and alcohol treatment from the court. He should be placed on a 1 year probation period. 5. Respond to the following questions based on your developed alternatives.
What are the best- and worst-case scenarios if you choose this alternative?
The best case scenario is that the husband doesn’t digress any further than he has and has no violent outburst while he is locked up. The worst case scenario is that the husband further digresses and becomes a bigger problem by breaking more laws.
The husband gets treatment and completes his probation successfully and gets his alcohol problem under control. The worst case scenario is he doesn’t learn is lesson and has to appear back in court. Will anyone be harmed if this alternative is chosen? If so, how will they be harmed? Consider families and derivative effects. The husband could possibly be harmed and correction officers and other inmates. The husband could hurt himself during and outburst and make his condition worse. He would also hurt the correction officers and other inmates if he has an outbreak and his condition gets worse.
It is possible that the husband won’t get better but isn’t highly likely that anyone will get hurt in this alternative. His family can still be together and his wife can help him with his alcohol treatment. Would honoring an idea or value—such as personal, professional, or religious—make the alternative invalid?
No, by giving the husband time he would be doing his job.
The value of doing what’s best in the eyes of the law and other individuals who may be involved in the long run Are there any rules, laws, or principles that support the alternative? Are there rules, laws, or principles that make the alternative invalid? State the rule or principle and indicate if it invalidates or supports the alternative.
The standard sentencing for a third offence is 90 days. Principles on the husband health issues...
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