Criminal Justice Ethics

A semiannual journal focusing on ethical issues in criminal justice. Includes articles on topics relating to the police, the courts, corrections, and issues in legal philosophy contributed by philosophers, criminal justice professionals, lawyers and judge

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 2, Summer-Fall

Children's Rights and Parents' Responsibilities
Martin Guggenheim, What's Wrong with Children's Rights Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005, pp. 320. In the interest of full disclosure, I will begin this essay by explaining that Martin Guggenheim, author of What's Wrong with Children's...
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Collective Responsibility and Contributing to an Outcome
The debate between the opponents and proponents of collective responsibility frequently takes something resembling the following form. The opponents (H.D. Lewis, Steven Sverdlik, Martin Benjamin, Seumas Miller, Jan Narveson, and many others (1)) assert...
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Correctional Ethics: (Ashgate Series: International Library of Essays in Public and Professional Ethics)
This volume is intended to be a resource in more ways than one. It reproduces a set of essays that help to frame the development of an ethically informed correctional ethic. Correctional ethics is thus embedded in a set of wider discussions that help...
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Discretion, Community, and Correctional Ethics
Some two million Americans are in jail or prison. Except for the occasional expose, what happens to them is hidden from the rest of us. Is it possible to develop and instil a professional ethic for prison personnel that, in partnership with formal...
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Do Something before the Next Attack, but Not This
Bruce Ackerman, Before the Next Attack: Preserving Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006, pp. 240. For the past several years, I have taught a new law school course called "Criminal Justice and Homeland Security."...
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Ethical Challenges for Intervening in Drug Use: Policy, Research, and Treatment Issues
ETHICAL CHALLENGES FOR INTERVENING IN DRUG USE: POLICY, RESEARCH, AND TREATMENT ISSUES The Uncertainty Series: Vol. 7 Ed. John Kleinig and Stanley Einstein John Kleinig & Stanley Einstein Introduction Policy Issues 1 John Kleinig...
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From Social Justice to Criminal Justice: Poverty and the Administration of Criminal Law
The economically deprived come into contact with the criminal court system in sorely disproportionate numbers. Should economic deprivation then figure in the administration of criminal law? And if so, how? This collection of original, insightful essays...
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Jury Ethics: Juror Conduct and Jury Dynamics
Although considerable attention has been given to the ethical conduct of prosecutors, judges, and defense lawyers, little focused attention has been devoted to the conduct of jurors--potential and actual--in their individual and collective behavior....
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Private and Public Corruption
The last decade of the twentieth century witnessed a huge interest in various forms of personal and public corruption. As never before, there was an outpouring of media interest and scholarly articles, as well as the formation of large institutional...
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Publications Received
Alana Barton, Karen Corteen, David Scott & David Whyte, eds., Expanding the Criminological Imagination: Critical Readings in Criminology. (Portland, OR: Willan Publishing, 2007) x + 226 pp. David N. Bayley, Changing the Guard: Developing Democratic...
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Responding to Acts Preparatory to the Commission of a Crime: Criminalization or Prevention?
Introduction When attending to the gathering threat of harm posed by an actor who is laying the groundwork for the commission of an offense, the lawmaker has to determine the point--within the succession of stages along the criminal path--at which...
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Retributivism and Plea Bargaining
Plea bargaining is a ubiquitous phenomenon in certain contemporary criminal justice systems. Most estimates of its frequency in the United States, for instance, suggest that upwards of ninety per cent of criminal cases are resolved through some form...
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The Military Commissions Act, Coerced Confessions, and the Role of the Courts
A society's treatment of those it considers to be the "worst of the worst" is an accurate measure of its integrity and strength. Cutting corners can signal that a society lacks confidence in its highest ideals. The Military Commissions Act of 2006...
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