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Criminal Justice Ethics
Theory and Practice

Fourth Edition
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© 2017 | 472 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

“I have found that this book is all-encompassing and ideal for teaching the subject of ethics in the CJ system. I have tried other textbooks and have not been happy with the results.”

Kristy Smith, University of Texas at Arlington

 

Criminal Justice Ethics, Fourth Edition examines the criminal justice system through an ethical lens by identifying ethical issues in practice and theory, exploring ethical dilemmas, and offering suggestions for resolving ethical issues and dilemmas faced by criminal justice professionals. Bestselling author Cyndi Banks draws readers into 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 allows readers to understand real life ethical issues before grappling with philosophical approaches to the resolution of those issues.

 
PART I. THE INTERACTION BETWEEN ETHICS AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
 
CHAPTER 1. THE IMPORTANCE OF ETHICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
The Meaning of Ethics  
The Value of Ethics  
Normative Ethics  
Ethical Relativism  
Cultural Relativism  
Ethical Absolutism  
Ethical Pluralism  
Religion and Ethical Standards  
Ethics and Natural Law  
Ethics and Law  
Ethical Dilemmas  
Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice  
 
CHAPTER 2. POLICE ETHICS: THE NATURE OF POLICING AND POLICE CORRUPTION
Ethics and Policing  
The Nature of Policing  
Police as an Institution  
Police Culture  
Police Discretion  
Ethics and Codes of Ethics  
Policing and Stress  
Police “Militarization”  
Police Corruption  
Whistle-Blowing  
Discrimination as a Corrupt Practice in Policing: Racial Bias, Racial Profiling, and Selective Law Enforcement  
 
CHAPTER 3. POLICE ETHICS: USE OF FORCE, INVESTIGATIONS, INTERROGATIONS, AND LYING
Police Use of Force  
Policing, Mental Illness, and Crisis Intervention Teams (CITs)  
Ethical Issues in Investigation, Interrogation, and Custody  
 
CHAPTER 4. RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Ethical Background  
Historical Context  
Is There Racial Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System?  
Jury Selection  
Conviction and Sentencing  
Imprisonment Disparities  
Hate Crimes  
Explanations for Racial Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System  
 
CHAPTER 5. JUDGES, LAWYERS, AND ETHICS
Legal Ethics: Historical Context  
The Nature of Professional Ethics  
Defense Lawyers  
The Prosecutor  
Judicial Ethics  
 
CHAPTER 6. THE PURPOSE OF CRIMINAL PUNISHMENT
What Is Punishment?  
Theoretical Approaches to Punishment  
Why Punish? The Philosophical Approach  
Restorative Justice  
Why Punish? The Sociological Approach  
 
CHAPTER 7. ETHICS IN CORRECTIONS: THE NATURE OF CORRECTIONS
The Prison Explosion  
The Prison Explosion: Time Line of Events  
Maximum Security  
Medium Security and Minimum Security  
Stateville Prison: The Changing State of Corrections  
Corrections Subculture  
Power and Authority in Prison: Controlling the Inmates  
Private Prisons  
Disenfranchising Inmates  
 
CHAPTER 8. ETHICS IN CORRECTIONS: GUARDING ETHICALLY
The Experience of Guarding  
Guarding Ethically  
Guarding With Discretion  
Unethical Situations  
Rape in Prison  
Corruption  
Whistle-Blowing in Corrections  
Ethical Issues in Probation and Parole  
 
CHAPTER 9. THE ETHICS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY MAKING
The Ethics of Policy Making  
Morality Policy  
Public Opinion About Punishment  
Mandatory Minimum Sentencing  
The War on Drugs  
Truth in Sentencing  
Predators and Superpredators  
Capital Punishment  
 
CHAPTER 10. ETHICS AND THE “WAR ON TERRORISM”
Defining Terrorism  
Warfare or Crime Control?  
The Morality of Targeted Killing  
 
CHAPTER 11. MEDIA ETHICS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Media Constructions of Crime  
Reporting the Truth  
Avoiding Bias  
Avoiding Harm  
Serving the Public  
Maintaining Trust  
Manipulation  
 
PART II. THE APPLICATION OF ETHICAL THEORIES TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
 
CHAPTER 12. DUTY AND PRINCIPLE
Hypothetical and Categorical Imperatives  
Conflicting Duties  
Applying Deontological Theory  
 
CHAPTER 13. CONSIDERING THE CONSEQUENCES
Pleasure and Happiness  
Act Consequentialism  
Rule Consequentialism  
Public Policy and Utilitarianism  
Arguments Criticizing Utilitarianism  
Applying Utilitarian Theory  
 
CHAPTER 14. THE IMPORTANCE OF CHARACTER
Virtues  
Aristotle and Happiness  
The Golden Mean  
Practical Wisdom  
What’s Wrong With Virtue  
Applying Virtue Theory  
 
CHAPTER 15. EGOISM, PLEASURE, AND INDIFFERENCE
Stoicism  
Hedonism  
Ethical Egoism  
Applying the Theory of Ethical Egoism  
 
CHAPTER 16. A SENSE OF JUSTICE
Application of the Principles  
Justice as Fairness  
Moral Development  
Applying Rawlsian Theory  
 
CHAPTER 17. CARING FOR OTHERS
Kohlberg and Gilligan  
A Theory of Moral Development  
“In a Different Voice”: Carol Gilligan  
Gender and the Ethic of Care  
The Ethic of Care and Justice  
Peacemaking  
Applying the Ethic of Care  

Supplements

Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.
  • Video and Multimedia resources are included for further research and insights.
    Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content.

Instructor Resources site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following: 

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  •  Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.
  • Video and Multimedia resource are included for further research and insights.
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content.

 

 

I have found that this book is all-encompassing and ideal for teaching the subject of ethics in the CJ system. I have tried other textbooks and have not been happy with the results.”

Kristy Smith
University of Texas at Arlington

I actually won't be using it until Spring 2017. It is a readoption, I have used previous editions before.

Dr Francis Williams
Sociology Criminal Just Dept, Bridgewater State Univ
January 7, 2016
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION

  • An additional chapter on police ethics (Ch. 3) asks students to critically analyze the use of force, deaths occurring in police custody, stress in policing, and police militarism.
  • A new chapter on ethics in corrections (Ch. 8) introduces students to an expanded discussion of the incarceration explosion, reflecting current debates about the merits of a policy of incapacitation and the overall costs of incarceration.
  • An expanded chapter on ethics in criminal justice policy making (Ch. 9) includes new material addressing the issue of elderly inmates and mass incarceration as "the new Jim Crow," and encourages classroom discussion of recent debates on the ethics of capital punishment.
  • A new discussion (Ch. 10) of targeted killing using armed drones and torture challenges students to ethically evaluate the repercussions of “The War on Terrorism”.
  • New case studies take account of contemporary developments and incorporate recent research relevant to today’s criminal justice professionals.
  • Expanded content on media ethics and criminal justice focuses on comic books as popular culture and a form of mass media, exploring how characters in comic books convey representations of crime, justice, and punishment.

KEY FEATURES

  • A unique focus on the interactions of ethics within the criminal justice system in Part I lays out the foundation for students’ understanding of ethical theories and perspectives presented in Part II.
  • Contemporary case studies throughout the book illustrate ethical issues and theories in applied terms.
  • A code of ethics for various roles in the criminal justice system (i.e. police, correctional officers, et al.) is presented to show students expected standards of behavior in various fields.
  • A flexible organization of independent chapters makes it easy for instructors to incorporate the readings into their personal syllabus.


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ISBN: 9781506326054