Ethical Treatment Essay

2092 Words Jul 27th, 2014 9 Pages
Ethical Treatment of Prisoners Scott Bain
SOC120: Introduction to Ethics and Social Responsibility
Instructor: Steven Smith

Ethical Treatment of Prisoners The word prisoner, or as the correctional institutions refer to their population, inmates, is defined as a person who is deprived of liberty and kept under involuntary restraint, confinement, or custody (na, 2013, Merriam Webster Dictionary). If convicted by a jury of your peers of a crime in the United States you automatically forfeit certain privileges guaranteed to all citizens. The constitution however does assure that prisoners have basic rights and protections which must be observed. We are all members of the human race and the ethical treatment of
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He proposed that the punishment of death should be abolished, except for treason and murder. Even though his proposal lost by a single vote, this began a new way of looking at punishment for lesser crimes and the beginning of ethical rights for people convicted and sentenced to prison (Lynch, J. 2007). The number of people in United Sates prisons today, both at the federal and state level is estimated to be more than 1.5 million; assuring that each one of these people does not have either their constutional or ethical right violated is a monumental task (Carson, A. 2012). I like to look at this subject from a deontological perspective, there must be rules and laws for a society to function and if you violate these rules and laws there should be consequences. Losing the right to be part of this society and the ethical treatment afforded to all free members should be part of the sentence. It is our duty as members of a free society to obey and enforce these rules and laws. With the number of people incrassated growing each year, this has created many different ethical problems from all areas of society. Such as, should a person convicted of murder have the same ethical rights and privileges as a law abiding member of the same society? To look at this subject from a utilitarianism point of view might be to understand that if you are sentenced to prison for a crime you’re convicted of, and it was proven

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