Making Ethical Decisions At Great Personal Risk

872 WordsDec 21, 20144 Pages
Making Ethical Decisions at Great Personal Risk In the late 1990’s Officers Caruso and Rigg became whistleblowers regarding the activities that were occurring in Corcoran Prison. Conditions in the maximum security prison were detrimental to the safety of the prisoners that were incarcerated due to practices of forced integration among rival gang members and guard sanctioned fights between inmates. These unsafe conditions lead to the shooting death of an inmate. Caruso and Rigg stated many of the prison’s policies and practices contributed to the death of the inmate, including unclear rules regarding use of force, unethical behavior of guards and the covering up of the level of violence present at Corcoran, and failure of the prison administration to effectively make changes necessary to reduce the Violence and assure that the rights of the prisoners were respected (Dryburgh, 2009). Why Caruso and Riggs Became Whistleblowers Several theories indicate why the whistle-blowing process has become more prevalent and characteristics or processes encourage individuals to come forward a report instances of wrongdoing or making organizational behaviors public knowledge (Lennane, 2012). The process of whistle-blowing often involves an individual being conflicted between loyalty to their organization or their belief that they have a responsibility to protect public interest above the practices of their organization (Soma & Nirmala, 2011). Individuals may attempt to initiate
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