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Criminal Justice Ethics : Theory and Practice,9780761925880

Criminal Justice Ethics : Theory and Practice

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9780761925880

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0761925880
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Pub. Date:
3/1/2004
Publisher(s):
Sage Publications, Inc
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Summary

The subject of ethics in criminal justice has become more important over the last decade as increasing concern about the accountability of law enforcement and public authorities has prompted ethical questions regarding the actions of those who exercise power over citizens. Criminal Justice Ethics: Theory and Practice provides an overview of the expected standards of behavior and ethical issues that confront those in the various fields of criminal justice. This book takes a sociological approach to criminal justice ethics by emphasizing the social and historical aspects of ethical inquiry. Author Cyndi Banks presents a unique discussion of ethical issues by exploring moral dilemmas faced by professionals in the criminal justice system before examining the major theoretical foundations of ethics. This distinct organization of Criminal Justice Ethics allows readers to understand real-life ethical issues before grappling with philosophical approaches to the resolution of those issues. Key Features Covers the interaction of ethics and the criminal justice system in Part I to lay a practical foundation for applying theoretical methods to the resolution of ethical dilemmas and issues Presents real life case studies that connect ethical theories to moral dilemmas and issues facing criminal justice professionals today Offers an innovative approach to criminal justice policy making by providing a framework that analyzes morality in the policy making process Reviews the codes of ethics for criminal justice professionals that establish the requisite standards of behavior in the different fields of criminal justice Discusses Rawlsa??s theory of justice and the feminist ethic of care, topics not thoroughly addressed in other texts on the subject of criminal justice ethics Criminal Justice Ethics is an up-to-date, comprehensive textbook for undergraduate and graduate students studying ethics in criminal justice. The book is also relevant for many ethics courses in philosophy, sociology, and law and society. To read a sample chapter from Criminal Justice Ethics click on "Additional Materials" in the left column under "About This Book" or simply click here .

Author Biography

Cyndi Banks is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University, where she teaches criminal justice ethics, women in prison, juvenile justice, and gender and justice in comparative perspectives.

Table of Contents

PART ONE - THE INTERACTION BETWEEN ETHICS AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Chapter 1 - The Importance of Ethics in Criminal Justice
The Value of Ethics
Normative Ethics
Ethical Relativism
Ethical Absolutism
Ethical Pluralism
Religion and Ethical Standards
Ethics and Natural Law
Ethics and Law
Ethical Dilemmas
Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
Summary
Discussion Questions
Chapter 2 - Ethics and the Police
Ethics and Policing
Police as an Institution
Police Culture
Police Discretion
Ethics and Codes of Ethics
Police Use of Force
'Dirty Harry/ Dirty Hands'
Police Corruption
Whistleblowing
Discrimination as Corruption
Ethical Issues in Investigation, Interrogation and Custody
Explanations for Police Corruption
Summary
Discussion Questions
Chapter 3 - Racial Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System
Ethical Background
Historical Context
Is There Racial Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System?
Imprisonment Disparities
Death Penalty Disparities
Hate Crimes
Explanations for Racial Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System
Summary
Discussion Questions
Chapter 4 - Lawyers and Ethics
Legal Ethics - Historical Context
The Nature of Professional Ethics
Defense Lawyers
The Prosecutor
Judicial Ethics
Summary
Discussion Questions
Chapter 5 - The Purpose of Criminal Punishment
What is Punishment?
Theoretical Approaches to Punishment
Why Punish? - The Philosophical Approach
Why Punish? - The Sociological Approach
Summary
Discussion Questions
Chapter 6 - Ethics in Corrections
The Prison Explosion
Maximum Security Conditions
Women's Incarceration
Medium Security
Minimum Security
Stateville Prison: The Changing State of Corrections
Guarding Ethically
The Experience of Guarding
Power and Authority in Prison - Controlling the Inmates
Guarding with Discretion
The Gray Wall of Silence - Prison Guard Subculture
Use of Force
Prisoner 'Power'
Unethical Situations
Whistleblowing in Corrections
Ethical Considerations in Probation and Parole
Summary
Discussion Questions
Chapter 7 - The Ethics of Criminal Justice Policy-Making
The Ethics of Criminal Justice Policy-Making
The Ethics of Policy Making
Morality Policy
Public Opinion about Punishment
Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
'War on Drugs'
Truth in Sentencing
Predators and Superpredators
Capitol Punishment
Private Prisons
Summary
Discussion Questions
PART TWO - THE APPLICATION OF ETHICAL THEORIES TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Chapter 8 - Duty and Principle
Hypothetical and Categorical Imperatives
The Principle of Universality
Respect for Persons
Kingdom of Ends
Conflicts of Duties between Rules
Applying Deontological Theory: A Case Study
Summary
Discussion Questions
Chapter 9 - Considering the Consequences
Pleasure and Happiness
Act Consequentialism
Rule Consequentialists
Public Policy and Utilitarianism
Arguments Criticizing Utilitarianism
Applying Utilitarian Theory: A Case Study
Summary
Discussion Questions
Chapter 10 - The Importance of Character
Virtues
Aristotle and Happiness
The Golden Mean
Practical Wisdom
What's Wrong with Virtue
Applying Virtue Theory: A Case Study
Summary
Discussion Questions
Chapter 11 - Egoism, Pleasure, and Indifference
Stoicism
Hedonism
Ethical Egoism
Applying Ethical Egoist Theory: A Case Study
Summary
Discussion Questions
Chapter 12 - A Sense of Justice
Application of the Principles
Justice as Fairness
Moral Development
Applying Rawlsian Theory
Summary
Discussion Questions


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