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The Ethical Foundations of Criminal Justice

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ISBN13: 9780849391163
ISBN: 0849391164
Published: July 2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Format: Hardback
Price: £79.99

Ideal for anyone involved in the study of criminal justice, this book acquaints students with the philosophical concepts upon which ethical theory is based. It applies these ideas to specific issues and dilemmas within the criminal justice system. Its ultimate goal is to acquaint students with basic concepts of ethics in criminal justice and to train the mind to solve moral issues independently. The Ethical Foundations of Criminal Justice offers a comprehensive definition of ethics, and elucidates its unique language and logic. The book explores the major ethical theories, with extensive discussion of authorities like Kant, Aristotle, Mill, and Hobbes. Chapters investigate normative ethics, teleological theories, deontological theories, and the alternative theories of ethics. The author exhibits the practice of these theories in actual matters of rights, the law, and the behavior of the courts. This book addresses ethics in the context of civil liability, police corruption, and abuse of police power, and includes numerous case studies and references to other relevant works.;Criminal justice majors, criminology and law school students, and even police academy cadets will find this text an invaluable source of information both for academic studies and real-world applications.

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Preface UNIT 1:PRELIMINARIESo What is Ethics or Moral Philosophy Some Moral DilemmasEthics and MoralityEthics and LawEthics and Social ScienceEthics and PhilosophyThe Branches of EthicsEthics and Other Academic DisciplinesThe Value of EthicsThematic ContinuitiesPerennial Problems and Issueso Meta-Ethics: The Language and Logic of EthicsNormative StatementsThe Meaning of Ethical TermsLogicMoral Reasoningo Moral and Cultural Relativism UNIT 2: NORMATIVE ETHICAL THEORYo IntroductionThe Nature of Ethical TheoryOverview of Normative Ethical TheoriesObligation and Valueo Teleological Theories of EthicsEthical EgoismUtilitarianismAssessment of Teleological Theorieso Deontological Theories of EthicsThe Divine Command TheoryNatural Law TheoryKant's EthicsRoss' Prima Facie EthicsAct-DeontologismAssessment of Deontological Theorieso Alternative Theories of EthicsThe Social Contract TheoryVirtue-Based EthicsThe Ethics of Love UNIT 3: TOPICS IN THE ETHICS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICEo JusticeRetributive JusticeUtilitarian JusticeContractarian JusticeRestitutive Justiceo Juvenile JusticeThe System of Juvenile JusticeMoral Concepts and Issues in Juvenile JusticeKohlberg's Stages of Moral DevelopmentKohlberg's Stages and Juvenile JusticeResolving Issues in Juvenile Justiceo Discretionary JusticeThe Anatomy of Discretionary JusticeDiscretionary Justice and the PoliceDiscretionary Justice and ProsecutorsDiscretionary Justice and SentencingDiscretionary Justice and Paroleo Corruption in Law EnforcementThe Nature and Forms of CorruptionThe Causes of CorruptionThe Consequences of CorruptionRemedies for CorruptionMoral Implicationso The Use of Force in Law EnforcementThe Problem of ForceThe Moral Justification of Force