Ethics In Criminal Justice –

cja413

(3 credits)

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.
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Ethics and the Criminal Justice Practitioner

  • Explain the importance of ethics as applied to the criminal justice practitioner.
  • Discuss the goals of the study of ethics.
  • Distinguish between morality, ethics, duties and values.
  • Explain deontological and teleological ethical systems including ethical formalism, utilitarianism, religion, natural law, ethics of virtue and ethics of care.
  • Understand how to analyze ethical dilemmas.
  • Explore the origins and components of the concept of justice.
  • Explore the paradigms of law.

Ethics in Policing

  • Understand the dual roles of law enforcement and law enforcement subculture.
  • Explore the limits of discretion and corresponding duties for law enforcement.
  • Identify and discuss the primary forms of corrupt law enforcement practices.
  • Identify and discuss ethical issues involved in police procedures.
  • Explore methods to reduce corruption and unethical police procedures including training, supervision, protection for whistle blowers and citizen review boards.

Ethics of Courts

  • Explain the roles of criminal defense attorney and prosecutors from an ethical perspective.
  • Discuss the codes of professional ethics that lawyers are bound to by the various statutes and regulations.
  • Identify and discuss the duties of the criminal defense attorney.
  • Identify and discuss the duties of the prosecutor.
  • Compare and contrast the duties and roles of the defense attorney and prosecutor.

Ethics of Prosecutors and Defense

  • Determine what judicial ethics are imposed upon members of the judiciary and why.
  • Identify situations where judges should recuse themselves from proceedings.
  • Understand judicial use of discretion and its abuses.

Ethics of Corrections

  • Explore the roles of probation, parole, and correctional officers from an ethical perspective.
  • Identify the code of ethical behavior for probation, parole, and correctional officers.
  • Understand the correctional subculture.
  • Understand the conflicting duties between having to protect society and protecting the interests of offenders.
  • Analyze the problems of and possible solutions to the victimization of offenders.
  • Identify and discuss ethical issues in the punishment of offenders.
  • Define and explain cruel and unusual.
  • Determine whether the death penalty is defensible in view of established ethical frameworks established by the law or religious or social contract theory.

Ethics of Criminal Justice Policy and the Future

  • Assess the ethical arguments for and against personal revenge.
  • Identify the rights of victims.
  • Determine whether victim participation in criminal court proceedings supplants the need for personal revenge.
  • Examine enforcement of laws and their relationship to ethics in criminal justice.
  • Evaluate the level of morality in the current criminal justice system and determine what changes in policy are needed.
  • Understand the relationship between fear and ends justify the means decision making.

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