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Criminal Justice Ethics
Theory and Practice

Sixth Edition


July 2024 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Criminal Justice Ethics, Sixth 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.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Part I: The Interaction Between Ethics and The Criminal Justice System
 
Chapter 1: The Importance of Ethics in Criminal Justice
 
Chapter 2: Police Ethics: The Nature of Policing and Police Corruption
 
Chapter 3: Police Ethics: Use of Force, Investigations, Interrogations, and Lying
 
Chapter 4: Racial Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System
 
Chapter 5: Judges, Lawyers, and Ethics
 
Chapter 6: The Purpose of Criminal Punishment
 
Chapter 7: Ethics in Corrections: The Nature of Corrections
 
Chapter 8: Ethics in Corrections: Guarding Ethically
 
Chapter 9: The Ethics of Criminal Justice Policy Making
 
Chapter 10: Ethics and the “War on Terrorism”
 
Chapter 11: Media Ethics and Criminal Justice
 
Part II: The Application of Ethical Theories to The Criminal Justice System
 
Chapter 12: Duty and Principle
 
Chapter 13: Considering the Consequences
 
Chapter 14: The Importance of Character
 
Chapter 15: Egoism, Pleasure, and Indifference
 
Chapter 16: A Sense of Justice
 
Chapter 17: Caring for Others
 
References
 
Index

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Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • A new section exploring the controversial issue of the criminalization of immigration—“crimmigration”—illuminates the ethical implications of current policies and encourages classroom discussion and critical analysis of the changes in immigration policy and practice.
  • Updated sections on ethical issues in policing include political action on police use of force, police militarization, body cameras, stop and frisk, and the ethics of using informants.
  • Enhanced discussions of courts reflect the changing technological environment and feature new material on the use of social media for judges.
  • Updated sections on corrections feature current ethical issues, including correctional officer subculture, private probation and the poor, the right to privacy, the treatment of opioid abuse in correctional institutions, and more.
  • New policies are evaluated for ethical issues in relation to mass incarceration, such as the new “Jim Crow,” race and crime control policies, and internet sexual solicitation.
  • New case studies examine real-world ethical issues and illustrate ethical principles in action. Relevant discussions of critical topics include the prosecution of hate crimes against transgender individuals, private prisons, media responses to sexting, and more.
  • Greater overall textual coherence through cross references and subheadings offer more accessibility for students to better identify the focus of the content.
  • Updated statistics and data reflect new research and scholarly thinking in the field.

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.

 



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