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7th Edition

Ethics in Criminal Justice
In Search of the Truth

ISBN 9781138353664
Published October 1, 2019 by Routledge
484 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Introducing the fundamentals of ethical theory, Ethics in Criminal Justice: In Search of the Truth, Seventh Edition, exposes the reader to the ways and means of making moral judgments by exploring the teachings of the great philosophers, sources of criminal justice ethics, and ethical issues in the criminal justice system. 

It is presented from two perspectives: a thematic perspective that addresses ethical principles common to all components of the discipline, and an area-specific perspective that addresses the state of ethics in criminal justice in the fields of policing, corrections, and probation and parole. The seventh edition features discussion of current critical issues in criminal justice: accusations of racism, police shootings, stop and frisk policy, marijuana laws, mass incarceration, life sentences, prison privatization, the swift and certain deterrence model of probation, excessive probation fees, and the Good Lives Model in corrections. The seventh edition also offers completely revised coverage of capital punishment and the rehabilitation debate, and a discussion of how juvenile justice often fails to live up to its ideals. Finally, the book features new case studies of recent ethical dilemmas in criminal justice to enhance students’ understanding of real-life ethics decision-making.

Suitable for advanced undergraduates or graduate students in criminal justice programs in the US and globally, this text offers a classical view of ethical decision-making and is well-grounded in specific case examples.

Table of Contents

1. Acquainting Yourself with Ethics: A Tour of the Ethics Hall of Fame;  2. Familiarizing Yourself with Ethics: Nature, Definitions, and Categories;  3. Understanding Criminal Justice Ethics: Sources and Sanctions;  4. Meeting the Masters: Ethical Theories, Concepts, and Issues;  5. The Ambivalent Reality: Major Unethical Themes in Criminal Justice Management;  6. Lying and Deception in Criminal Justice;  7. Racial Prejudice and Racial Discrimination;  8. Egoism and the Abuse of Authority;  9. Misguided Loyalties: To Whom, to What, at What Price?;  10. Ethics of Criminal Justice Today: What Is Being Done and What Can Be Done?;  11. Ethics and Police;  12. Ethics and Corrections (Prisons);  13. Ethics of the Courts, Probation, and Parole;  14. The Truth Revealed: Enlightenment and Practical Civility Minimize Criminality

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Sam S. Souryal is Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice and former Assistant Dean at the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University. A former police officer and public manager, Dr. Souryal has taught public administration, organization theory and police management courses at the University of Wisconsin and Sam Houston State University.

John T. Whitehead is Professor Emeritus and former Chair in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at East Tennessee State University. He completed an MA in Sociology at the University of Notre Dame and earned his MA and PhD in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany. He has taught courses in corrections, criminal justice ethics, and the death penalty. His current book projects are a book on teaching and a book on human relations in law enforcement.


Dr. Souryal…strikes a good balance between presenting the groundwork of general ethics and leading students to an understanding of how to discern, think about, and apply principles of practical rationality in criminal justice professions.

Scott A. Hunt, Professor, School of Justice Studies, College of Justice & Safety, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

This text works really well to expand the discussion of ethics in the criminal justice field and how we can bring ethical behavior into a profession that needs that supportive base in order to be effective in the current societal climate.

Roger Bonner, Criminology Program Director, University of Saint Mary , Leavenworth, KS