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. 18, No. 2, Summer-Fall

Blackmail as a Career Choice: A Liberal Assessment
Walter Block sets out a respectable libertarian critique of laws that criminalize blackmail. Although some may take offense at the behavior of those who earn or supplement their livelihoods in this despicable way, Block endorses the libertarian precept...
Blockmail
I A Strong Case for Legalizing Blackmail Professor Block's case for legalizing blackmail is short, sweet and, on its own terms, decisive. It begins with the right to speak, rooted in Mill's harm principle: there must be no aggression against...
Declaring Life at the Crossroads of Death: Victims' Anti-Death Penalty Views and Prosecutors' Charging Decisions
Death and life were not Till man made up the whole. -- W.B. Yeats(1) I Introduction Among the many issues polarizing Americans today, few can match capital punishment in terms of divisiveness. Unique in its severity, the death penalty likewise...
From Social Justice to Criminal Justice: Poverty and the Administration of Criminal Law
edited by William C. Heffernan & John Kleinig John Jay College of Criminal Justice The economically deprived come into contact with the criminal court system in sorely disproportionate numbers. Should economic deprivation then figure in the...
Leadership Is the Key to Ethical Practice in Criminal Justice Agencies
Newspaper reporters have recently called me to comment on two separate incidents involving violations of ethical practice by employees of criminal justice agencies. One reporter, by exercising the Freedom of Information Act, discovered that a large...
Moral Education in Victim Offender Conferencing
Introduction If every crime represents a failure in moral learning-- on the part of the offender, his/her community, and possibly the surrounding society -- then every crime also presents an opportunity for moral learning. Just as the child accepting...
Philosophical Analysis and the Limits of the Substantive Criminal Law
George P. Fletcher, Basic Concepts of Criminal Law New York: Oxford University Press, 1998, xi + 223 pp. I would like to begin by describing the circumstances under which I came to read George Fletcher's Basic Concepts of the Criminal Law(1) carefully,...
Replies to Levin and Kipnis
I appreciate the care that both Michael Levin(1) and Kenneth Kipnis(2) have taken to understand and respond to my paper.(3) Both concede much--even most--of what I want to argue, yet both refuse to draw my conclusions. Even though there is some...
The Crime of Blackmail: A Libertarian Critique
There is something deeply paradoxical about laws that criminalize blackmail. How is it that, as Glanville Williams put it, "two things that taken separately are moral and legal whites together make a moral and legal black"?(1) For the crime of blackmail...
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