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Ethical Dilemma Worksheet
1. What is the ethical issue or problem? Identify the issue succinctly.
The ethical issue is that sending the husband to prison may eventually cause more harm than good which can be very detrimental to him if he is locked up longer than a short period of time. This is mainly due to him having the mental capacity of a 10yr due to because of his imprisonment in Somalia.
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 convicted and found guilty .During presentencing investigation the probation officer discovers that the husband had served in the U.S. military in Somalia. In which his job entailed gruesome duties which led to him suffering from from post-traumatic stress disorder and that has regressed him to the level of a 10-year-old because of his imprisonment in Somalia. And In the opinion of his treating psychiatrists, any prolonged confinement, even for a few hours, could cause even further regression and could trigger explosive outbursts and traumatic flashbacks. Lastly his convictions occurred before his military service in Somalia and he served a total of 60 days custody on those, without incident
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
That he will get off without incident
The probation officer
Correctly do his job and uphold the justice system
He hopes that he will make a fair descions in regards to the sentencing of the husband .
The right to keep citizens safe from criminals
Society hopes that the husband will receive the correct punishment for his crime, while also seeking treatment
To sentence based on the full knowledge of presentence investigation report be prepared.
That he or she will receive the correct information needed to make the best decsions for the sentencing
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 information of the medical and psychiatric information be overlooked and he be sentenced for longer than 6 months He be ordered to alcohol treatment that also deals with PTSD program instead of being locked up 5. Respond to the following questions based on your developed alternatives.
What are the best- and worst-case scenarios if you choose this alternative?
Best only receiving a day or two in jail
Worst- Receiving a whole year
The alternative has no worst case scenario due to the alternative overall goal of seeking treatment for PTSD and alcohol treatment instead of being locked up. Will anyone be harmed if this alternative is chosen? If so, how will they be harmed? Consider families and derivative effects.
The husband will ultimately be harmed if he receives this treatment. Because he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and has regressed to the level of a 10-year-old because of his imprisonment in Somalia
No one will be harmed if the alternative is chosen as the outcome for both the family, society and the husband. Would honoring an idea or value—such as personal, professional, or religious—make the alternative invalid?
No it would not
No it would not
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