Criminal Justice Ethics

Criminal Justice Ethics

Cultivating the Moral Imagination

Book - 2015
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Taylor & Francis Publishing

It is essential for those employed within the justice system to be able to competently and confidently work at the borders between ethics and the law. Criminal Justice Ethics offers a fresh new approach to considering ethical issues in a criminal justice context. Rather than simply offering a range of ethical dilemmas specific to various justice professionals, it provides extensive discussion of how individuals develop their 'moral imaginations' using ethical perspectives and practices, both as citizens of the world and as practitioners of justice.

Starting from a consideration of the major ethical theories, this book sets the framework for an expansive discussion of ethics by moving from theory to consider the just society and the role of the justice professional within it. Each chapter provides detailed analysis of relevant ethical issues, and activities to engage students with the content, as well as review questions, which can be used for revision or examination. This book will help students to:

  • understand the various theoretical approaches to ethics,
  • apply these understandings to issues in society and the justice process,
  • assist in developing the ability to investigate, discuss, and analyse current ethical issues in criminal justice,
  • appreciate the diverse nature of ethical systems across cultures,
  • outline strategies for detecting and resolving ethical dilemmas.

Rich with examples and ethical dilemmas from a broad range of contexts, this book's multicultural approach will appeal not only to criminal justice educators, but also to academics, students and practitioners approaching criminal justice from sociological, psychological or philosophical perspectives.

Publisher: New York :, Routledge,, [2015]
Copyright Date: © 2015
ISBN: 9781138776975
Characteristics: x, 197 pages ; 24 cm


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