Criminal Ethics

Curtis should still be allowed to serve as student president because it may be true that this individual has totally changed from a juvenile delinquent to highly focused person. Although Curtis has a history of committing the crime of theft at the young age of 13, he has served time in a juvenile reformatory for nine months and this may have changed his outlook in life. Curtis should be allowed to serve as student president because he has garnered enough votes to put him in the position of president of the student council. Legally, it is lawful to give him the position.

Secondly, it is also right that Curtis be given the chance to prove himself to the rest of his community that he is indeed a changed person now. Given this opportunity to lead the students of his school, the entire school will be able to monitor him if he is indeed projecting the right way of living his school years, especially now that he is also serving as a model to the student body. The students of the school may also learn lessons from Curtis because he plays a prime example of a person who started out as a confused and misguided adolescent.

He indeed committed a crime and had to pay for it, but this real life example may show the rest of the students that crime does pay and performing an unlawful act does change one’s life. There may be reports that criminality that sets in at an early age means that an individual may have a harder time to lead a crime-free life (McClintock, 1995), but Curtis has changed his ways and thus he should be given the opportunity to lead the school community through the position has had earned after elections.

There are also reports that describe that juveniles who have been caught for an unlawful act have a higher chance of staying away from future crimes (Kunitz et al. , 2002). It is thus helpful to both the school and to Curtis that he serves as student council president. 2. The school system should have a policy on the qualifications for future candidates for student office. At this point, Curtis should still continue on as president of the student council.

However, in order to prevent any future debates on whether another student with a juvenile history should be allowed to run for student council, a policy should be put in place regarding the qualifications for candidates. The policy should state whether a candidate should have a clean record before he is allowed to run for student council. It will thus be up to the school board, after several meetings and review of the priorities of the board, on whether they will allow a candidate to have such kind of a history.

If the school board decides that no candidate with a juvenile history may run for student council, then this should be properly endorsed and the information should be fully disseminated throughout the school so that the students may know the appropriate qualifications. If the school board decides that a candidate with a juvenile history can still run for student council, there additional guidelines should be provided that describes what other requirements are needed to be presented by the student candidate in order to avoid future debates on whether an elected president with a juvenile history should continue on with the student council.

There may be strong actions against having a student council president that carries a dark history with the law. However, it should be understood that there may also be a chance that the individual may have really changed and that this opportunity of proving himself as a reformed person be given. Should this be allowed, the school board may imposed sanctions in case the student council president does encounter some problems with his responsibilities as president of the student council.

A probationary period may be given so that the newly elected student council president is monitored for proper actions and behavior as president of the student council. References Kunitz, S. J. , Woodall, W. G. , Zhao, H. , Wheeler, D. R. , Lillis, R. and Rogers, E. (2002). Rearrest rates after incarceration for DWI: A comparative study in a Southwestern US County. American Journal of Public Health, 92, 1826-1831. McClintock, T. (1995). Creating new criminals: Locking up juvenile offenders is more likely to result in them reoffending. British Medical Journal, 311, 1037-1038.