Ethical Justice

Applied Issues for Criminal Justice Students and Professionals


  • Brent Turvey, Forensic Solutions LLC, Sitka, AK, USA
  • Stan Crowder, Department of Sociology, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA, USA

Ethics courses are a vital component of forensic science degree programs, and Ethical Justice is a resource specifically designed for instructors and students of forensic science and criminology. Case-based, and emphasizing practical ethical issues as opposed to ethics theory, this book provides a solid foundation in ethical dilemmas that can confront both students and professionals in the field. Encompassing issues arising in academia, law enforcement, and court and corrections systems, Ethical Justice is an inclusive, relevant work in applied ethics written by practitioners who also teach forensic science and criminology.
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<P/>Primary: Forensic scientists, students and instructors in forensic science and criminology <P/>


Book information

  • Published: June 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-404597-2


"This is a classroom introduction to ethical issues in criminal justice professions, criminological research, and the education of criminal justice professionals. Specific chapters look at issues for students and educators, in theory testing and publishing, in police administration, for police officers and criminal investigators themselves, in crime lab administration and forensic examinations, for prosecuting and criminal defense attorneys, and for correction staff."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013


1.  An Introduction to Ethics
Stan Crowder, Ron Miller, and Brent E. Turvey
• Terms and Definitions
• The concept of crime
• The concept of justice
• The role of the criminal justice practitioner
• The importance of character
• The role of ethics in the justice system
• The nature of ethics in the legal / forensic domain
• Duty and Consequence


2. Ethical Issues for Criminal Justice Students
Shawn Mikulay and Brent E. Turvey
• Professional perception and reputation starts in the classroom
• Disqualifiers - criminal behavior and drug use
• Plagiarism
• Cheating on Exams
• Faking illness or deaths in the family
• Relationships between students and faculty
• Recognizing sexual harassment
• Grad students: Teaching without knowing
• Grad students: Uncredited research and writing for Faculty
• Grad students: Honesty in co-authorship with faculty
• Case studies

3. Criminal Justice Educators: Ethical Issues in Teaching
Stan Crowder, Shawn Mikulay, and Brent E. Turvey
• The role of the university
• The role of the university professor
• Science v. Dogma
• Leadership and Mentoring
• Professional Apathy
• Abusing students as free labor
• Relationships with students
• Sexual coercion of students
• Proposed Code of Ethics
• Assigning credit fairly
• Case studies

4. Criminology Research: Ethical Issues in Theory Testing and Publishing
Mike McGrath and Brent E. Turvey
• The Scientific Method & Falsification
• Validation studies
• Peer Review philosophy
• Peer Reviewed journals
• Reliable Data/ Data Quality
• Honesty in research and publications: Assigning credit fairly
• Logical Fallacies
•Case studies


6. Ethical Issues in Policing
Stan Crowder and Brent E. Turvey
• Role of the Police
• Duty: Real vs. Perceived
• Hiring practices
• Use of Force
• NYPD: The Mollen Report
• Gratuities
• Bribes
• Always on the job
• Selective enforcement
• Racial Profiling
• Sexual Coercion
• “Testalying”
• Case studies

7. Ethical Issues in Criminal Investigation
John Savino and Brent E. Turvey
• Role of the Investigator
• Duty: Real vs. Perceived
• Entrapment
• Use of Deception
• Planting evidence
• “Undercover” Issues
•Case Studies

8. Profiles in Police Misconduct and Crime
Stan Crowder and Brent E. Turvey


9. Ethical Issues in the Crime Lab
W. Jerry Chisum and Brent E. Turvey
• The role of the crime lab
• The NAS Report
• Hiring practices
• Talking with the defense
• Brady v. Maryland and The duty to report all findings
• “Drylabbing”
• Reporting misconduct
• The CAC Code of Ethics
• Case studies

10. Ethical Issues in Forensic Examination
W. Jerry Chisum and Brent E. Turvey
• The role of the forensic examiner
• The NAS Report
• Examiner Bias & Observer Effects
• The Ultimate Issue
• Forensic Fraud: Types and Motives
• Perjury
• Proposed Code of Ethics
• Case studies

11. Forensic Fraud
Brent E. Turvey


12. Ethical Issues for Criminal Prosecutors
Craig Cooley and Brent E. Turvey
• The Role of the Prosecutor
• Brady v. Maryland and Exculpatory Evidence
• Prosecutorial Misconduct
• “Harmless Error”
• Obstructing access to witnesses and evidence
• Interference with witnesses
• False and misleading evidence
• False and misleading arguments
• Suborning Perjury
• Losing evidence
• Inflammatory conduct
• Substance Abuse Problems
• The media
• Case studies

13. Ethical Issues for Criminal Defense Attorneys
Ron Miller and Brent E. Turvey
• The Role of the Defense
• Conflicts of interest
• The NAS Report
• Ineffective Assistance of Counsel: IAC
• Substance Abuse Problems
• The media
• Case studies

14. Ethical Issues in the Judiciary
Ron Miller and Brent E. Turvey
• The Role of the Judiciary
• Conflicts of interest
• Picking sides: The Back-up Prosecutor
• Improper remarks
• Treatment of Defense
• Trial Rulings
• Attentiveness during trial
• Jury Instructions
• The media
• Case studies


15. Ethical Issues for Corrections Staff
Angela Torres and Brent E. Turvey
• The Role of Prisons
• Hiring policies
• Smuggling and Contraband
• Relationships between staff and inmates/ clients
• Sex between staff and inmates/ clients
• Case studies

16. Ethical Issues for Treatment Staff in Correctional Settings
Angela Torres and Brent E. Turvey
• The Role of Forensic Units
• No contact evaluations
• Falsifying time sheets
• Sexual relationships


17.  Ethical Professional Conduct
Stan Crowder and Brent E. Turvey

18.  The Professional Resume: Ethical Considerations
Michael McGrath and Brent E. Turvey
• The purpose of a CV
• Things to include
• Things to exclude
• Resume Fraud
• Case studies

19.  The Role of Professional Organizations in Criminal Justice
Stan Crowder and Brent E. Turvey