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Ethics in Criminal Justice

In Search of the Truth, 6th Edition

By Sam S. Souryal


512 pages

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Introducing the fundamentals of ethical theory, this text exposes the reader to the ways and means of making moral judgments by covering the teachings of the great philosophers, sources of criminal justice ethics and unethical patterns 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 fourth edition features expanded discussion of the formula of ethical discretion to enhance students’ understanding of ethics decision making in real-life situations, as well as a new chapter on the ethics of loyalty and loyalties in the workplace.

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 13. Ethics of Probation and Parole 14. The Truth Revealed -- Enlightenment and Practical Civility Minimize Criminality

About the Author

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. He has published numerous books and has been a frequent presenter at the Texas Law Enforcement Management Institute (LEMIT), International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), Texas Probation Commission Training, and the American Corrections Association. In 1999, he served as the Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Indonesia. A multi-lingual educator, Souryal has also lectured in Oxford, Germany, China, Taiwan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Indonesia, Hungary, Mozambique, Botswana, and East Timor. He has also lectured at the FBI Academy. His continued involvement in both comparative and American criminal justice has earned him national and international recognition.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology