This course explores the standards and codes of professional responsibility in criminal justice professions (e.g., Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, ABA Standards of Professional Responsibility, American Jail Association Code of Ethics for Jail Officers, and the American Correctional Association Code of Ethics). It also explores analysis and evaluation of ethical dilemmas, roles of professional organizations and agencies, ethics and community relations, ethics in criminal justice laws and procedures and civil liability in law enforcement and correctional environments.
Understand the relationship between fear and ends justify the means decision making.
Evaluate the level of morality in the current criminal justice system and determine what changes in policy are needed.
Examine enforcement of laws and their relationship to ethics in criminal justice.
Determine whether victim participation in criminal court proceedings supplants the need for personal revenge.
Identify the rights of victims.
Assess the ethical arguments for and against personal revenge.
Ethics of Corrections
Determine whether the death penalty is defensible in view of established ethical frameworks established by the law or religious or social contract theory.
Define and explain cruel and unusual.
Identify and discuss ethical issues in the punishment of offenders.
Analyze the problems of and possible solutions to the victimization of offenders.
Understand the conflicting duties between having to protect society and protecting the interests of offenders.
Understand the correctional subculture.
Identify the code of ethical behavior for probation, parole, and correctional officers.
Explore the roles of probation, parole, and correctional officers from an ethical perspective.
Ethics in Policing
Identify and discuss the primary forms of corrupt law enforcement practices.
Explore the limits of discretion and corresponding duties for law enforcement.
Understand the dual roles of law enforcement and law enforcement subculture.
Explore methods to reduce corruption and unethical police procedures including training, supervision, protection for whistle blowers and citizen review boards.
Identify and discuss ethical issues involved in police procedures.
Ethics and the Criminal Justice Practitioner
Explore the paradigms of law.
Explore the origins and components of the concept of justice.
Understand how to analyze ethical dilemmas.
Explain deontological and teleological ethical systems including ethical formalism, utilitarianism, religion, natural law, ethics of virtue and ethics of care.
Distinguish between morality, ethics, duties and values.
Discuss the goals of the study of ethics.
Explain the importance of ethics as applied to the criminal justice practitioner.
Ethics of Prosecutors and Defense
Understand judicial use of discretion and its abuses.
Identify situations where judges should recuse themselves from proceedings.
Determine what judicial ethics are imposed upon members of the judiciary and why.
Ethics of Courts
Compare and contrast the duties and roles of the defense attorney and prosecutor.
Identify and discuss the duties of the prosecutor.
Identify and discuss the duties of the criminal defense attorney.
Discuss the codes of professional ethics that lawyers are bound to by the various statutes and regulations.
Explain the roles of criminal defense attorney and prosecutors from an ethical perspective.
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