Criminology Paper on Ethical and Amendment Violations
Criminology Paper on Ethical and Amendment Violations
To begin writing about ethical or amendment violations we must first look at what my research group is trying to accomplish. Do the bad outweigh the good? We have developed an effective method of prediction that will help us guide our children to a much better path. This will help our society’s crime rate to fall. There are few risks involved but measures will be taken to counteract such possible issues. I will go further on this in my paper and express both the cons and pros of the project.
First let me begin by saying that it is in my best interest I pursue these types of tests. I believe that with the help of this program many children’s futures could be saved. The program involves a series of tests including blood analysis, DNA, and brain scans. The results of these tests will determine a juvenile’s potential violent behavioral acts. The studies thus far have proven effective with an 80 percent accuracy rate. I do understand that there could be many concerns in using this program, many critics have expressed several concerns and I will address most of them.
The procedures that the tests involve are thorough and precise. We have tested for monoamine oxidase which is an enzyme that has been shown in relation to antisocial behavior (Jones, 2005). Several inmates have shown to possess high doses of neuro-chemicals influencing bad behavior. In relation to our youth, these criminals already proved that they take part in antisocial behavior. The young individual whom is discovered to possess a high amount of these chemicals will be looked at more closely and moved to the secondary portion of the program.
Is it ethical? I have taken into consideration both political and social consequences. As a criminologist, these two aspects must be evaluated and leaving the political consequences behind I am here to speak more on the social consequences (Siegel, 2009). I have found that through my research I will be able to help society identify certain juveniles who might be capable of committing crimes. The program’s target is not to place a label on any of our youth; it is to create an environment that will guide them to a non-violent, crime free life. Research has been performed and although the test results may indicate a juvenile could potentially commit a crime, research also found that there are environmental factors that will influence their behavior.
Is it fair? It is not fair for a juvenile to carry the weight of losing one or both parents. It is not fair for them to be raised in poverty, or for the parents to have to work so much they are never around. Environmental factors are ultimately a deciding factor in their behavioral path (Jones, 2005). There are many things to consider and these tests will simply be a more reliable way to pursue the identification aspect. Currently we rely on children coming to an adult at school and confessing what may be happening at school. We may rely on one of our teachers who happened to pay more attention to certain students who were beginning to show signs of delinquency. How often do either one of these scenarios occur? Is that fair?
Rights violations? Some critics have accused this project to violate the Fifth Amendment, where it speaks in regards to self-incrimination. The protection given by the amendment pertains to a criminal case, for purposes of use by this program there will be no specific crime that our youth would be tried for. In other words, we would not be asking any of them to plead guilty to anything he/she has not committed. If a juvenile is found to fall under the potential criminal criteria no jail would be served, no sentencing or due process would occur. We would simply place them under the program’s care and the juvenile will undergo the process of crime prevention.
When it comes to the program’s accuracy proficiency, the question I encounter often is about the wrongful labeling of juveniles. Let me assure you that we will not place a label either physically or symbolically onto any of our participants who meet the criteria. The program is completely voluntary and must be agreed and signed by the parents or legal guardians. Parents must attend a seminar that will educate them on the procedures of the tests as well as the procedures thereafter. No parent will be turned away for any type of financial status; this program will be funded by the government. A minimum requirement of 80 percent positive will have to be met to be considered for acceptance into the program. Even after the percentage is met a series of psychological tests must be met to enter the program. The screening process is painless and if a juvenile is found to fit the category he/she will be discretely placed into the program.
For many years now our youth did not stand a chance in our society. As time goes on and our society grows meaner and more technologically advanced our youth suffers from separation from a structured family. No program is 100 percent accurate; no medicine will be 100 percent efficient, we will continue to look for issues within the program to make this as accurate and as less painful to our youth as possible. The goals of this program are not to label, separate or punish our youth; it is to provide help, guidance and a better fighting chance for the future of our youth.
Jones, C. (2005, February). Genetic and environmental influences on criminal behavior. Retrieved from http://www.personalityresearch.org/papers/jones.html
Siegel, L. (2009). Criminology, tenth edition. Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.