Assignment 2: Incorporating Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development into the Justice System

Imagine you are the chief of police. As the chief of police, you will need to ensure that your law enforcement officers lead ethical careers. In order to prepare for this assignment, review Chapters 7 through 9 in the textbook. Then, research Kohlberg’s stages of moral development and find at least two (2) relevant articles that discuss Kohlberg’s theory, Means vs. Ends, and Kantian ethics. Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you: 1. Identify and discuss the three (3) levels of Kohlberg’s stages of Moral Development, and explain how you would address each level within your department. 2. Explain how your officers can use Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development to evaluate three (3) types of criminals who are at different stages of moral development. 3. Illustrate two to three (2-3) ways in which you would address self-interest and pursuit of pleasure to prevent police corruption. 4. Identify and discuss at least three (3) Prima Facie Duties that you believe all of your law enforcement officers should fulfill. 5. Support your position statement with two (2) relevant and credible references, documented according to SWS. (Note: Do not use open source sites such as,,, and Wikipedia.)

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