Ethical Dilemma Worksheet
1. What is the ethical issue or problem? Identify the issue succinctly.
The husband eventually got convicted and sentenced. He suffers from post-traumatic stress and so far has regressed to a level of a ten year old.
2. What are the most important facts? Which facts have the most bearing on the ethical decision presented? Include any important potential economic, social, or political pressures, and exclude inconsequential facts.
If he remains locked up for a long time can cause for him to continue to regress and can cause explosive outburst and flashbacks. Everyone involved is at risk of getting hurt and the husbands health will only continue to deteriorate.
3. Identify each claimant (key actor) who has an interest in the outcome of this ethical issue. From the perspective of the moral agent—the individual contemplating an ethical course of action—what obligation is owed to the claimant? Why?
(key actor) Obligation (owed to the claimant) Perspective (What does the claimant hope will happen?)
Fair treatment and correct punishment.
Since he has regressed back to a ten year old level in actuality the husband hopes that his time in jail will end soon.
Perform his job duties correctly and uphold the justice system
The probation officer hopes to perform his job well while upholding the law and making the correct decision for the well-being of the husband and society.
4. What are two alternatives for the scenario? One alternative can be a wild card that you ordinarily may not consider an option because of potential implications. Both should be within free will and control of the same moral agent.
Alternative A Alternative B
The husband is granted probation and serves his time at home. Placed on mandatory treatment. The husband ends up serving his time in the...