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Ethics Training in Corrections

NCJ Number
Law Enforcement Trainer Volume: 14 Issue: 2 Dated: March/April 1999 Pages: 16-19
J Sachs
Date Published
3 pages
This article discusses professional ethics in corrections.
Employees and agencies in the field of corrections often do not have a positive image of their profession and do not promote professionalism among their numbers. Ethics training would let staff know that there are issues for all of them and finding solutions is not always easy. Correctional staff should receive training in decision-making to help them avoid situations where they need to use force. Such training provides problem solving models and places staff in real-life situations where they can practice their skills. Ethics training, which should include all agency staff, begins with an assessment of the ethical climate of the agency. The training should focus on good communication and good leadership, address causes of unethical acts, help staff evaluate their own behavior, and enable staff to practice their newly acquired skills in real-life situations so the skills become habit.