Ethical Justice

1st Edition

Applied Issues for Criminal Justice Students and Professionals

Print ISBN: 9780124045972
eBook ISBN: 9780124046467
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th June 2013
Page Count: 496
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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 professi

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


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"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