You are a correctional officer at a maximum security state penitentiary. The facility houses 1,200 inmates on average, with convictions for a variety of violent and/or drug related felonies.
There is a local reporter who has a significant interest in the daily operations of your facility as a result of complaints lodged by the family members of certain members of the population.
The complaints are similar in nature: certain inmates at your facility are being raped on a regular basis with very little or nothing being done to prevent these assaults, even in cases where officers are in the area where the assaults are occurring.
The warden tells the staff that something has to be done about this because he doesn’t like the attention being paid to the facility. He states that he doesn’t really care what happens to a convict – they’re convicts after all, but we can’t deal with the negative publicity and the potential lawsuits, so he needs you all to ensure you understand and carry out the policies on inmate sexual activity.
What do you think are some of the ethical issues involved in inmate sexual activity? Explain. What are the possible consequences of not addressing these issues? Explain. How should correctional facilities prevent rapes from occurring?
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