Criminal Justice Ethics

Criminal Justice Ethics

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For a variety of courses on applied ethics in departments of Philosophy, Sociology, or Criminal Justice.

A collection of essays which examine how personal and moral beliefs influence the relationship between criminal justice and social justice. The book is not a proscriptive manifesto of what criminal justice ethics should be, but an invitation for students to debate what criminal justice ethics are, while stressing the importance of individual ethics and morality. An introduction on ethical reasoning and ethics pedagogy is followed by sections on the nature of criminal guilt, law making, law enforcement, judicial processing, punishment and emerging issues (technology and media).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 174 x 234 x 28mm | 680.4g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130851299
  • 9780130851291

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This new anthology provides an engaging collection of essays that address fundamental questions of social justice within the criminal justice profession. Following an introductory section on ethical reasoning are sections on the nature of criminal guilt, law making, law enforcement, judicial processing, punishment, and emerging issues of the media and technology. Selected readings present opposing views, which allow students to explore diverse ethical positions. Actual court opinions and hypothetical cases contribute to students' understanding of ethical issues facing criminal justice professionals today.

Criminal Justice Ethics offers both instructors and students:

Lively ethics debates on a broad range of criminal justice issues Introductory articles on contemporary ethics and ethical thinking Actual and hypothetical case studies which compare legal and ethical reasoning Internet resources incorporated into each section and an appendix Professional ethics focus with additional resources on career explorations

Criminal Justice Ethics blends the disciplines of philosophy and criminal justice, and invites students to become involved in ethical controversies through a combination of sound ethical pedagogy, lively debates, and compelling case studies.
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Table of contents


Jeffrey Reiman, Criminal Justice Ethics. Robert Nash, Teaching Ethics Ethically.

1. Moral Foundations of Criminal Guilt.

David Bazelon, The Morality of the Criminal Law. Bill Lawson, Crime, Minorities, and the Social Contract. Jean Hampton, Mens Rea.


Leo Katz, The Crime that Never Was: A Fake Opinion in a Fake Case Involving Fakes.

2. What Should Be a Crime?Principles.

Joel Feinberg, excerpts from Social Philosophy. David A. J. Richards, The Moral Foundations of Decriminalization.

Drug Legalization:

Arnold Trebach and James Inciardi, excerpts from Legalize It? Debating American Drug Policy.


In re P: let the 14-Year Old Go, the Prostitution Laws Are Unconstitutional. Catherine MacKinnon, Prostitution and Civil Rights. International Committee for Prostitutes' Rights World Charter and World Whores' Congress Statements.

Corporate Violence:

Jeffrey Reiman, A Crime by Any Other Name ... American Medical Association, The Brown and Williamson Documents: Where Do We Go From Here? Stanton Glantz, et al, Looking Through a Keyhole at the Tobacco Industry.

Hate Crimes:

Wisconsin v. Mitchell, A Few Opinions on Sentencing Enhancement for Hate Crimes.


Don Marquis, Why Abortion Is Immoral. Jeffrey Reiman, Abortion, Infanticide, and the Asymmetric Value of Human Life. Don Marquis, Reiman on Abortion. Jeffrey Reiman, Abortion, Infanticide, and the Changing Grounds of the Wrongness of Killing: Reply to Don Marquis's "Reiman on Abortion".

3. Moral Problems in Policing.Police Ethics:

John Kleinig, Ethics and Codes of Ethics.

Deception & Influence:

Jerome H. Skolnick and Richard A. Leo, The Ethics of Deceptive Interrogation. Gary T. Marx, Under-the-Covers Undercover Investigations: Some Reflections on the State's Use of Sex and Deception in Law Enforcement. Carl B. Klockars, The Dirty Harry Problem.


US v Tobias: It Is Not Entrapment for an Undercover Officer to Tell the Defendant That Making PCP Is as "Easy as Baking a Cake".

Selective Enforcement:

John Kleinig, Selective Enforcement and the Rule of Law. Jeffrey Reiman, Against Police Discretion: Reply to John Kleinig.

4. Moral Issues in Judicial Processing and Jurisprudence.Lawyers' Ethics:

Paul Haskell, The Behavior of Lawyers. Ted Schneyer, Moral Philosophy's Standard Misconception of Legal Ethics.

Plea Bargaining & Due Process:

Akhil Reed Amar and Johnnie T. Cochran, Jr., Do Criminal Defendants Have too Many Rights? Kenneth Kipnis, Criminal Justice and the Negotiated Plea. The Hon. Jack B. Weinstein, Considering Jury "Nullification": When May and Should A Jury Reject the Law to Do Justice?

5. Penology.Treatment of Inmates:

Graeme Newman, excerpts from Just and Painful. Tessa M. Gorman, Back on the Chain Gang: Why the Eighth Amendment and the History of Slavery Proscribe the Resurgence of Chain Gangs.

Death Penalty:

Stephen Nathanson, Is the Death Penalty What Murderers Deserve? Jeffrey Reiman, Against the Death Penalty. Ernest van den Haag, A Response to Reiman and Nathanson. National Council of the Churches, Abolition of the Death Penalty. Council on Ethical & Judicial Affairs, American Medical Association, Physician Participation in Capital Punishment. Marianne Kastrup, Psychiatry and the Death Penalty.

6. Emerging Issues.Cyberspace:

Laurence H. Tribe, The Constitution in Cyberspace: Law and Liberty Beyond the Electronic Frontier. Jeffrey H. Reiman, Driving to the Panopticon: A Philosophical Exploration of the Risks to Privacy Posed by the Highway Technology of the Future. Nadine Strossen and Ernie Allen, Megan's Law and the Protection of the Child in the On-Line Age.


Julian Dibble, A Rape in Cyberspace: Or How an Evil Clown, A Haitian Trickster Spirit, Two Wizards, and a Cast of Dozens Turned a Database into a Society. Debra Seagal, Tales from the Cutting-Room Floor: The Reality of "Reality-Based" Television. Paul Leighton, Fear and Loathing in an Age of Show Business: Reflections on Televised Executions.

Appendix: Professional Code of Ethics.
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