Wk 4 Discussion – Ethical Dilemmas

When it comes to rehabilitation and reintegration into society, ethical decision-making involves considering what is best for the justice-involved individual, the community at large, and the criminal justice system as a whole. In this discussion, you consider the case of Zephaniah Trevino, a Grand Prairie, Texas teenager who was 16 when charged with capital murder for a crime that occurred while she was being held captive as a sex worker. After she spent over a year in pre-trial juvenile custody, a judge ruled that she would be tried as an adult. The circumstances of this case pose complex ethical dilemmas, and the decisions made will impact this young person for the rest of her life.

Research the case of Zephaniah Trevino and locate 2 sources about the case decisions.

Respond to the following in a minimum of 275 words:

What 2 sources did you find about Zephis case?
How were the reporting and opinions of the case decisions similar or different between your 2 sources?
What elements of this case create an ethical dilemma?
What ethical decisions would you make for her incarceration, rehabilitation, and reintegration? Provide rationale.