Professional Ethics in Criminal Justice : Being Ethical When No One Is Looking

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 12/27/2010
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Every major issue, problem, scandal, and crime in the criminal justice field has ethics at its core.PROFESSIONAL ETHICS: BEING ETHICAL WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING, 3/epresents the three major ethical schools of thought (virtue, formalism, and utilitarianism) in a clear way that emphasizes how ethics impacts individual decision-making. Extensive critical-thinking exercises,Ethics in the Moviesfeatures andEthics in Booksfeatures use popular events and media to raise ethical questions and help students develop ethical reasoning skills. Separate chapters are devoted to law, police, courts, corrections, and liability so students see the direct connection between ethics and specific aspects of the criminal justice system.

Author Biography

Jay S. Albanese is professor in the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. He served as chief of the International Center at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Albanese received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Rutgers University and his B.A. from Niagara University. 

He was the first Ph.D. recipient from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice. Dr. Albanese is author or editor of 18 books that include Organized Crime: From the Mob to Transnational Organized Crime (7th ed., Routledge, 2015), Criminal Justice (5th ed., Prentice Hall, 2013), Transnational Crime and the 21st Century(Oxford University Press, 2011), Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (with H. Dammer, 5th ed., Wadsworth, 2014), and editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Wiley, 2014). 

Dr. Albanese is recipient of the Elske Smith Distinguished Lecturer Award from Virginia Commonwealth University and the Scholar Award in Criminal Justice from the Virginia Social Science Association. He is a Fulbright Specialist and has served as executive director of the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime, on the Executive Board of the American Society of Criminology, and is a past president and fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Table of Contents

1.      Recognizing Ethical Decisions: Ethics and Critical Thinking

2.      Virtue Ethics: Seeking the Good

3.      Formalism: Carrying Out Obligation and Duty

4.      Utilitarianism: Measuring Consequences

5.      Crime and Law: Which Behaviors Ought to Be Crimes?

6.      Police: How Should the Law Be Enforced?

7.      Courts: How Ought a Case Be Adjudicated?

8.      Punishment and Corrections: What Should Be Done with Offenders?

9.      Liability: What Should Be the Consequence of Unethical Conduct?

10.  The Future: Will We Be More or Less Ethical?

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