Ethics in the Criminal Justice System explores ideas and information in and around ethical decision making as it pertains to criminal justice. As an edited volume, Ethics in the Criminal Justice System features contributing authors who have provided a varied and challenging palette of offerings from pure philosophy to common sense practical professional advice. Boldly luring readers into fascinating discussions, Ethics in the Criminal Justice System alerts students to the need for criminal justice practitioners to make informed, ethical judgments.
Ethics in the Criminal Justice System:
- is practical and interesting.
- is stimulating and informative.
- is not about absolutes; it is about further questions.
- will stimulate students to continue the dialog outside of the classroom.
“Being ethical pertains to how an individual arrives at conclusions relating to what is right and what is wrong. Individual beliefs vary; therefore, people should attempt to achieve a position that results in fairness and equity within society and respects individual beliefs. Ethical behavior is expressed by an ethos that drives the rationality behind fair, equitable and ethical decision making. Ethics is a matter that should be taken seriously. It is the duty of the criminal justice system to ensure that law and order is maintained and delivered based upon fairness and equity to the benefit of all members of society.”
-Scott Belshaw and Peter Johnstone
Chapter 1 – Introduction to Ethical Theory and Practice
Chapter 2 – The Importance of Ethics in Criminal Justice
Chapter 3 - Is Acting on Principle the Answer? Immanuel Kant Said Yes
Chapter 4 – Mill: Consequentialism—Considering the Consequences
Chapter 5 – Aristotle: A Virtuous Man
Chapter 6 – Ethics and the Police
Chapter 7 – Police Deviance
Chapter 8 – Ethics Within the American Judicial System
Chapter 9 – The Rationale of Punishment: Moral Dilemmas, Human Rights, and Capital Punishment
Chapter 10 - Ethical Issues in Probation and Parole
Chapter 11 – Ethical Issues and the Juvenile Justice System
Chapter 12 – Racial Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System
Chapter 13 – The Ethics of Criminal Justice Policy Making
Chapter 14 – Ethics and International Terrorism
Understanding ethics in the criminal justice system is critically important given the amount of discretionary behavior that is present across our system of justice. It is also a course aht is often overlooked in our core curriculum, and as a result this book can put an end to that. The authors are able to explain the complexities of ethical decision making in an enjoyable and easy to understand way. They challenge students to develop their own critical thinking skills by having them question their own decision-making processes and illustrate ethical issues all across the criminal and juvenile justice system.
- Nicole Leeper Piquero, The University of Texas at Dallas
Belshaw, Johnstone, and DeBoer have done something rare and special here: they have created an exceptionally readable book about ethics in the criminal justice system - a subject fundamental to a rigorous criminal justice education. Ranging from discussions of Kant to police deviance, from Mill to capital punishment, and from Aristotle to Hulk Hogan, this book challenges readers to think harder about their own attitudes about crime, its enforcement, and how (and why) we punish it.
- Travis C. Pratt, University of Cincinnati