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Journal of Business Ethics Education

Volume 13, 2016

Brad A. Weaver, Stephen B. Castleberry
Pages 185-205

Increasing Ethical and Legal Awareness Through Community Outreach Programs Utilizing White-Collar Prisoners

A prisoner community outreach program, in which businesspeople and college business students have conversations with current white-collar inmates, has shown to be an effective tool in helping students and businesspeople realize the consequences of unethical behavior and breaking the law. A prisoner community awareness program is described and used as an example of how the practical application of positive principles can promote and empower ethical behavior, moral courage, and virtuousness. Audience’s reactions to this technique were positive, with listeners reporting heightened awareness and saliency of ethical and legal issues in business as well as a positive influence on their inclinations towards being an ethical member of society and businessperson.

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