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Ethical Concerns and Obligations of Defense Attorneys, Prosecutors, and Judges
- Describe the roles of the criminal defense attorney, prosecutor, and judge.
- Compare the ethical duties and responsibilities of the defense attorney and prosecutor.
- Explain the judicial ethics imposed on members of the judiciary.
- Analyze judicial use of discretion and its abuses.
- Identify the codes of professional ethics that lawyers are bound to by various statutes and regulations.
Ethical Behavior of Probation, Parole, and Correctional Officers
- Explain the roles of probation, parole, and correctional officers, including the ethical challenges faced by each.
- Identify the code of ethical behavior for probation, parole, and correctional officers.
- Compare the conflicting duties between having to protect society and protecting the interests of offenders.
- Describe ethical issues in the punishment of offenders.
- Describe the correctional subculture.
Ethics in Policing
- Explain the role of law enforcement and law enforcement subculture.
- Identify ethical issues involved in police procedures.
- Analyze the limits of discretion and corresponding duties for law enforcement.
- Identify forms of corruption and methods to reduce corruption and unethical policing procedures.
The Ethics of Corrections
- See Topic 1.
Victims and the Ethics of Revenge
- Assess the ethical arguments for and against personal revenge.
- Identify the rights of victims.
- Describe the enforcement of laws and their relationship to ethics in criminal justice.
- Analyze the level of morality in the current criminal justice system.
- Identify ethical considerations for the future of the criminal justice system.
Ethics of Criminal Justice Policy and the Future
- See Topic 1.
Ethics and the Criminal Justice Practitioner
- Explain the importance of ethics to the criminal justice practitioner.
- Distinguish between morality, ethics, duties, and values.
- Explain common theories related to ethics in criminal justice.
- Analyze ethical decision-making processes.
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