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Ethical and Moral Issues on Anytown's New Policy

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when implementing the new policy. The policy is an intrusion of parental rights and could be seen as unconstitutional.

The Fifth Amendment states that no person shall be the subject for the same offense. Under Double Jeopardy, neither state nor federal governments can prosecute an individual for the same crime twice or impose more than one punishment for a single offense. In addition to Double Jeopardy, it’s a common principal of the law that no person is guilty until proven. How can we support a law that not only invokes punishment upon those for past crimes but does so without proof or fair trial? This is indeed unethical and not right.

In most cases these parents could have committed these offenses prior to having children or maybe have an offense due to something happening to their child while not under their care. For example; myself per say have dealt with my own child being put into the system for something that neither I or her father did, which took place while we were both at work. Our child was left with a family member and my baby was six months at the time and wound up injured. Mind you I had no idea what had happened, I just had intuition and knew something was not right when I went to pick my daughter up . She cried and cried and that was abnormal for her to do since she was such a great baby. However, when I took her to the doctor, they found that she had a broken femur, yes the biggest bone in the human body. Immediately I began to panic and cry, they informed me that Child Protective Services would be contacted for an investigation. I was questioned and interrogated the entire night. Due to the hour and the leniency of the social worker, I was able to keep my daughter with me with the stipulation that my aunt had to stay in our home at all times (she was an employee of Adult Protective Services). Everyone else in our home was considered a suspect in the crime of causing bodily harm to a child. That charge hit out entire family like a ton of bricks because we were incredibly protective of my daughter and children in general. With this new policy in place it is questionable if this previous act would have been applicable to me or the person who harmed my daughter.

All and all this policy can be foreseen as an increase of behavioral and psychological issues among Anytown’s youth. By removing a child from their home because of a prior offense will not extinguish them from observing aggressive behavior from their peers or television. The Department of Jobs and Family Services failed to interpret the Social Learning Theory. This theory not only speaks about children learning bad behavior at home but also through peers, media, television, video games etc. With the policy, they failed to take into account how the parents and children can be affected by all of this. Parents could lose their jobs by trying to meet all recommendations prior to gaining their child or children back. And kids will also become psychologically distressed from moving numerous times. This is unethical and the policy needs to be reevaluated and the Social Learning Theory should not be used when considering this change.


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