Criminal Justice Ethics

Criminal Justice Ethics

Theory and Practice

Book - 2013
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Sage Publications
In the Third Edition of Criminal Justice Ethics, author Cyndi Banks once again examines the criminal justice system through an ethical lens identifying ethical issues in practice and in theory, exploring ethical dilemmas, and proposing means through which criminal justice professionals might resolve ethical issues and dilemmas. The text adopts a critical perspective in the sense that the constituent parts of the criminal justice system are scrutinized within a framework where questions are raised about moral and ethical conduct and standards. Readers are drawn into a unique discussion of ethical issues by exploring moral dilemmas faced by professionals in the criminal justice system first, then presented with an examination of the major theoretical foundations of ethics. This distinct organization allows readers to understand real life ethical issues before grappling with philosophical approaches to the resolution of those issues.

Book News
In order to engage criminal justice students who have no grounding in philosophy, Banks (criminal justice, Northern Arizona U.) first examines real ethical issues encountered in the criminal justice system, such as racial discrimination and the ethics of criminal justice policymaking. In part 2, the author provides a philosophical and ethical framework for examining the criminal justice system, seeking to make theoretical material accessible to students. Certain ethical theories, such as virtue ethics and the ethics of care, are presented in more depth than in most textbooks. The text's two-color layout features case boxes, chapter summaries, discussion questions, and web resources. This third edition contains a new chapter on media ethics, expanded material on the war on terrorism, and new case studies reflecting recent research on police culture, ethics training, and sexual assault in prisons. Student and instructor websites are available. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Los Angeles, Cal. : SAGE, c2013
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9781412995450
Characteristics: xiv, 369 p. : ill. ; 26 cm


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