cruel and unusual punishment 1
To maintain a sense of morality in an inherently coercive environment is no easy task, yet a strong set of individual ethics is probably the best defense against being changed by the negative environment of the prison.
Watch the video entitled ‘Out of Control’ (The link is given below) I would like you to respond to the following questions:
1) If you were one of front line correctional officers ordered not to enter Ashley Smith’s cell what would you do? What consequences would you expect to result from your actions if you did not comply with the directions from your supervisor?
2) Which ethical system best parallels or guides your decision making in this case? Explain.
3) What is your moral judgment of the CO’s involved in this tragic case? Are there other key players who are responsible for Ashley Smith’s death? Explain.