Ethics in Criminal Justice

In Search of the Truth


  • Sam Souryal, Sam Houston State University

Introducing the fundamentals of ethical theory, this text exposes the reader to the ways and means of making moral judgments by covering the teachings of the great philosophers, sources of criminal justice ethics and unethical patterns in the criminal justice system. It is presented from two perspectives: a thematic perspective that addresses ethical principles common to all components of the discipline, and an area-specific perspective that addresses the state of ethics in criminal justice in the fields of policing, corrections, and probation and parole.

The fourth edition features expanded discussion of the formula of ethical discretion to enhance students’ understanding of ethics decision making in real-life situations, as well as a new chapter on the ethics of loyalty and loyalties in the workplace.

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Book information

  • Published: October 2007
  • ISBN: 978-1-59345-426-5

Table of Contents

1. Acquainting Yourself with Ethics -- A Tour of the Ethics Hall of Fame

2. Familiarizing Yourself with Ethics -- Nature, Definitions, and Categories

3. Understanding Criminal Justice Ethics -- Sources and Sanctions

4. Meeting the Masters -- Ethical Theories, Concepts, and Issues

5. The Ambivalent Reality -- Major Unethical Themes in Criminal Justice Management

6. Lying and Deception in Criminal Justice

7. Racial Prejudice and Racial Discrimination

8. Egoism and the Abuse of Authority

9. Misguided Loyalties -- To Whom, to What, at What Price?

10. Ethics of Criminal Justice Today -- What Is Being Done and What Can Be Done?

11. Ethics and Police

12. Ethics and Corrections (Prisons)

13. Ethics of Probation and Parole

14. What Can Be Done to Restore Ethics?  -- Concluding Comments