Criminal Justice

Essay by azndoggHigh School, 12th gradeA+, June 2005

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Three Stories Analyzed The three stories I chose to write my paper on; are from pages 110 through 138 in Maynard-Moody and Musheno's "Cops, Teachers, Counselors" book. They focus on the street level workers using their discretion to make decisions in their jobs. The stories are titled, "I'm Disabled but want to be an EMT", "Cut the Power", and "Ignoring Orders". In this paper I will argue that street level workers use their discretion in ways that is not consistent with established rules while identifying different constraints operating on the workers and explain what the author's mean with the reference to the three stories I have selected. To begin, street level workers use their discretion in ways that shows the presence of moral reasoning rather than following established rules of which they are supposed to follow. For instance in the story "Ignoring Orders" the teacher in the story was supposed to have the mother, whose child is in the special needs program, sign a consent form to relinquish service.

The teacher did not perform the task as she was supposed to because she did not feel that it was morally right. She instead sent in the paperwork without the mother's signature, which allowed the child to remain in the program. The second story entitled "I'm Disabled but Want to be an EMT" is about a counselor who is contacted by a client who has a bad back and has decided to become an EMT. The counselor is asked to allow the client to take courses to become an EMT, but the counselors better judgment in the case is that someone with a bad back should not be an EMT. So the counselor tells the client that she will not authorize the training since it would...



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