Ethical Justice

Ethical Justice

Applied Issues for Criminal Justice Students and Professionals

1st Edition - June 7, 2013

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  • Authors: Brent Turvey, Stan Crowder
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124045972
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124046467

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This textbook was developed from an idiom shared by the authors and contributors alike:  ethics and ethical challenges are generally black and white - not gray.  They are akin to the pregnant woman or the gunshot victim; one cannot be a little pregnant or a little shot. Consequently, professional conduct is either ethical or it is not.  Unafraid to be the harbingers, Turvey and Crowder set forth the parameters of key ethical issues across the five pillars of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, corrections, courts, forensic science, and academia. It demonstrates how each pillar is dependent upon its professional membership, and also upon the supporting efforts of the other pillars - with respect to both character and culture.With contributions from case-working experts across the CJ spectrum, this text reveals hard-earned insights into issues that are often absent from textbooks born out of just theory and research. Part 1 examines ethic issues in academia, with chapters on ethics for CJ students, CJ educators, and ethics in CJ research. Part 2 examines ethical issues in law enforcement, with separate chapters on law enforcement administration and criminal investigations. Part 3 examines ethical issues in the forensic services, considering the separate roles of crime lab administration and evidence examination. Part 4 examines ethical issues in the courts, with chapters discussing the prosecution, the defense, and the judiciary. Part 5 examines ethical issues in corrections, separately considering corrections staff and treatment staff in a forensic setting. The text concludes with Part 6, which examines ethical issues in a broad professional sense with respect to professional organizations and whistleblowers.Ethical Justice: Applied Issues for Criminal Justice Students and Professionals is intended for use as a textbook at the college and university, by undergraduate students enrolled in a program related to any of the CJ professions. It is intended to guide them through the real-world issues that they will encounter in both the classroom and in the professional community. However, it can also serve as an important reference manual for the CJ professional that may work in a community that lacks ethical mentoring or leadership.

Key Features

  • First of its kind overview of the five pillars of criminal justice: academia, law enforcement, forensic services, courts and corrections
  • Written by practicing criminal justice professionals, from across every pillar
  • Offers a realistic overview of ethical issues confronted by criminals justice students and professionals
  • Examines sensitive subjects often ignored in other criminal justice ethics texts
  • Numerous cases examples in each chapter to facilitate instruction and learning


Primary: Forensic scientists, students and instructors in forensic science and criminology

Table of Contents

  • Preface: True North


    About the Authors

    Chapter 1. Ethics in the Criminal Justice Professions

    Key Terms

    Ethics Defined

    Relative Justice

    Legal Justice

    The Pillars of the Criminal Justice System

    The Character of an Adversarial System

    The Value of Professional Ethics in the Criminal Justice System

    The Value of Professional Ethics to Criminal Justice Practitioners



    Chapter 2. Ethical Issues for Students of Criminal Justice

    Key Terms

    Employment Screening

    Student Codes of Honor, Ethics, and Conduct

    Student Misconduct

    Academic Misconduct

    Inappropriate Relationships

    Drugs and Alcohol



    Sexual Misconduct

    Online Networking

    Special Issues for Graduate Students



    Chapter 3. Criminal Justice Educators: Ethical Issues in Teaching

    Key Terms

    The Role of the Criminal Justice Educator

    Ethical Responsibilities

    Social Media

    Proposed Ethical Guidelines for Criminal Justice Instructors



    Chapter 4. Criminology Research: Theory Testing and Publishing

    Key Terms

    The Scientific Method

    Reliability and Validity

    Peer Review

    Logical Fallacies

    Case Examples



    Chapter 5. Ethical Issues in Police Administration

    Key Terms

    The Role of Law Enforcement

    Models of Policing


    Human Resources


    Transparency: Police Policies, the Public, and the Media



    Chapter 6. Ethical Issues for Police Officers and Criminal Investigators

    Key Terms

    Duty of Care

    Breaking the Law to Uphold It

    Noble Cause Corruption

    Police Responder Ethos: “We Don’t Do That Here”

    Patrol Officers

    Criminal Investigators



    Chapter 7. Ethical Issues in Crime Lab Administration

    Key Terms

    Laboratory Management

    Laboratory Culture

    Alignment with Law Enforcement

    Maintaining the Crime Lab

    Laboratory Accreditation




    Chapter 8. Ethical Issues in Forensic Examination

    Key Terms

    The Role of the Forensic Examiner

    Traits of the Ethical Forensic Examiner

    The NAS Report

    Examiner Bias and Role Strain

    Ethical Issues in Report Writing

    Ethical Issues in Expert Testimony

    Forensic Fraud

    A Proposed Ethical Canon



    Chapter 9. Ethical Issues for Criminal Prosecutors

    Key Terms

    Criminal Prosecutors: Structure and Function

    Ethical Issues with Law Enforcement

    Pre-Trial Ethical Issues

    Ethical Issues During Trial

    Post-Conviction Ethical Issues



    Chapter 10. Ethical Issues for Criminal Defense Attorneys

    Key Terms

    The Right to Counsel

    Criminal Defense Attorneys: Structure and Function

    The Presumption of Innocence

    Ethical Issues with Clients

    Pre-Trial Ethical Issues

    Ethical Issues at Trial



    Chapter 11. Judicial Ethics

    Key Terms

    The Role of the Judiciary

    Improper Influence Over the Jury

    Ethical Issues with Experts

    Improper Judicial Behavior

    Judicial Alertness During Trial

    Reporting Attorney Misconduct

    Post-Conviction Issues



    Chapter 12. Ethical Issues for Corrections Staff

    Types of Facilities

    The Role of Corrections

    The Role of Correctional Officers

    Inmate Duty of Care

    Misconduct and Unethical Behaviors



    Chapter 13. Ethical Issues for Treatment Staff in Forensic Settings

    Key Terms

    Practitioner Competence

    Role of Forensic Units

    Correctional Culture


    Ongoing Treatment

    Informed Consent/Confidentiality

    Disciplinary Hearings

    Sex Offenders

    Physical and Sexual Assault Victims

    Sexual Relationships

    Death Penalty


    Release to the Community

    Administrative Education



    Chapter 14. Professional Organizations in the Criminal Justice System

    Key Terms

    The Role of Professional Organizations in Criminal Justice

    Professional Organizations v. Social Clubs

    Credential Mills



    Chapter 15. Whistleblowers in the Criminal Justice System

    Key Terms

    The Professional Obligation to Report

    Employment Contracts

    Garcetti et al. v. Ceballos

    Whistleblower Protections

    Whistleblower Protection Is Theoretical

    Suggested Reforms

    Hard-Earned Advice





Product details

  • No. of pages: 496
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: June 7, 2013
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124045972
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124046467

About the Authors

Brent Turvey

Brent Turvey

Brent E. Turvey spent his first years in college on a pre-med track only to change his course of study once his true interests took hold. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University in Psychology, with an emphasis on Forensic Psychology, and an additional Bachelor of Science degree in History. He went on to receive his Masters of Science in Forensic Science after studying at the University of New Haven, in West Haven, Connecticut.

Since graduating in 1996, Brent has consulted with many agencies, attorneys, and police departments in the United States, Australia, China, Canada, Barbados and Korea on a range of rapes, homicides, and serial/ multiple rape/ death cases, as a forensic scientist and criminal profiler. He has also been court qualified as an expert in the areas of criminal profiling, forensic science, victimology, and crime reconstruction. In August of 2002, he was invited by the Chinese People's Police Security University (CPPSU) in Beijing to lecture before groups of detectives at the Beijing, Wuhan, Hanzou, and Shanghai police bureaus. In 2005, he was invited back to China again, to lecture at the CPPSU, and to the police in Beijing and Xian - after the translation of the 2nd edition of his text into Chinese for the University. In 2007, he was invited to lecture at the 1st Behavioral Sciences Conference at the Home Team (Police) Academy in Singapore, where he also provided training to their Behavioral Science Unit. In 2012 Brent completed his PhD in Criminology from Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia.

He is the author of Criminal Profiling: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Editions (1999, 2002, 2008, 2011); co- author of the Rape Investigation Handbook, 1st and 2nd Editions (2004, 2011), Crime Reconstruction 1st and 2nd Editions (2006, 2011), Forensic Victimology (2008) and Forensic Fraud (2013) - all with Elsevier Science. He is currently a full partner, Forensic Scientist, Criminal Profiler, and Instructor with Forensic Solutions, LLC, and an Adjunct Professor of Justice Studies at Oklahoma City University. He can be contacted via email at:

Affiliations and Expertise

Forensic Criminologist Director, The Forensic Criminology Institute (Sitka, Alaska, United States); Senior Partner, Forensic Solutions, LLC (Sitka, Alaska, United States); Partner, The Behavioral Sciences Lab (Aguascalientes, Mexico)

Stan Crowder

Stan Crowder is a retired U.S. Army Military Police Colonel. During his military career, Stan served in numerous positions including: MP Commander, Chief of Investigations for the Inspector General of Georgia, Counterdrug Commander, Battalion Commander, and Chief of Personnel. He served seven years as a civilian police officer; 5 years with Cobb County (GA) PD and 2-years with Marietta (GA) PD. He teaches at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, USA, where he has been teaching since 1999 and was selected as the 2007 recipient of the Betty Siegel teaching award. His teaching areas include: Criminal Investigations, Serial Offenders, Forensic Victimology, Criminal Profiling, and Ethics in Criminal Justice. Stan has a Ph.D., MBA, and BS. He is the President of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists and the past president of the Cobb County Law Enforcement Association. He has written three textbooks with Dr. Brent Turvey: Ethical Justice: Applied Issues for Criminal Justice Students and Professionals, Anabolic Steroid Abuse in Public Safety Personnel, and Forensic Investigations: An Introduction published by Elsevier. He has contributed chapters to other textbooks. He has published articles on teaching and criminal profiling. In June 2017, Dr. Crowder was appointed to the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council as an advisory member. He can be contacted at:

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Sociology, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA, USA

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