Ethics in Criminal Justice
Kids for Cash Reflection
Directions: After watching Kids for Cash, write a 1-2 page paper (Times New Roman, Double Spaced, 1” margins, APA reference page) summarizing the scandal, what happened and what were the ethical violations that occurred. Please use our textbook terminology and identify at least three ethical failures using specific examples from the documentary. Also, the documentary link is posted on Canvas.
Please include the following:
1. An introduction
2. A basic overview of the principle-based management strategies that could work
3. Your application of the principles
4. Any other use of the critical themes of our textbook
The reflection is intended to be brief (One to two pages’ maximum, double-spaced, 1” margins, Times 12pt font) and not be all that different than the classic 5-paragraph essay you learned in high school. That is,
ü you should begin with an introduction, a very brief summary of the reading in question. Not a lot of detail, just enough to review it for someone who may not be familiar with it
ü you should briefly answer the question
ü You should spend the bulk of the essay providing evidence in support of your answer. This evidence should be references to the text, in direct quotation or paraphrased, plus proof in the form of your own experience (if the question calls for it) citing specific illustrations.
ü Finally, you should conclude, alluding to the text and the answer you summarized in your introduction.
Grammar, organization, and presentation matter, so take care. Adhering to the text is preferred over simply “philosophizing.” This is not a reflection paper, even though you may include personal vignettes for illustration. “Compare” means find similarities; “contrast” means highlight differences.
Plan your answer first; otherwise, you won’t get to the point until the last paragraph, after rambling, and “thinking out loud” for the rest of your essay. Many of these questions are complex and require thought to arrive at an answer. Avoid easy generalizations; be specific. Don’t say anything you can’t support — with the text, or your own specific experiences. Be succinct; 2 pages does not allow room for “fluff.”
Before you print or upload, revise. Make sure your essay is responsive to both content and form. This requires that you not write the piece at the last minute, but give yourself time to review it and improve it. Even an hour between first and second draft (and print) will have an impact.
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