Professional Ethics in Criminal Justice: Being Ethical When No One is Looking / Edition 3

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Every major issue, problem, scandal, and crime in the criminal justice field has ethics at its core. PROFESSIONAL ETHICS: BEING ETHICAL WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING, 3/e presents the three major ethical schools of thought (virtue, formalism, and utilitarianism) in a clear way that emphasizes how ethics impacts individual decision-making. Extensive critical-thinking exercises, Ethics in the Movies features and Ethics in Books features use popular events and media to raise ethical questions and help students develop ethical reasoning skills. Separate chapters are devoted to law, police, courts, corrections, and liability so students see the direct connection between ethics and specific aspects of the criminal justice system.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131375659
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/10/2011
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 155,311
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

JAY S. ALBANESE is Chief of the International Center at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).  NIJ is the research and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Justice.  He is on leave from his position as Professor of Government & Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Jay received the Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Rutgers University and B.A. from Niagara University.  He was the first Ph.D. recipient from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice.  Dr. Albanese is author of seven books that include Criminal Justice (3rd ed., Allyn & Bacon, 2005), Organized Crime in Our Times (4th ed., Lexis/Nexis/Anderson, 2004), and contributor to Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3rd ed., Wadsworth, 2006).  Dr. Albanese is Executive Director of the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime (  He is a past president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the White Collar Crime Research Consortium, and the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences.  Dr. Albanese is recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award from the Sears Foundation (1990), and the Elske Smith Distinguished Lecturer Award from Virginia Commonwealth University (2001).

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Table of Contents

1. Recognizing Ethical Decisions: Ethics and Critical Thinking

2. Virtue Ethics: Seeking the Good

3. Formalism: Carrying Out Obligation and Duty

4. Utilitarianism: Measuring Consequences

5. Crime and Law: Which Behaviors Ought to Be Crimes?

6. Police: How Should the Law Be Enforced?

7. Courts: How Ought a Case Be Adjudicated?

8. Punishment and Corrections: What Should Be Done with Offenders?

9. Liability: What Should Be the Consequence of Unethical Conduct?

10. The Future: Will We Be More or Less Ethical?

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